The day began at Health Professions High School, where the interns had the chance to teach two Medical Science classes about suturing.
In a thank you letter, one student wrote: Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to teach us how to suture... What I really enjoyed was your encouragement. It really helped, and after my first suture I really got the hang of it. Thank you.
After the suturing workshop, residents spent the afternoon volunteering with the Food Literacy Center's after school programs at Capitol Heights Academy, St. HOPE Public School 7, and Alexander Twilight. Interns helped teach students about "complimentary crops" and introduced them to the Produce of the Day - fennel!
For the second day, the interns split up in three groups. Each group had the chance to visit different agencies.
One group visited agencies in Woodland. Their first stop was Empower Yolo, where they had a chance to meet the staff and to learn about all the programs and services that are available for victims and survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. After that, the group went to St. John's Retirement Village. After taking a tour of the facilities and learning about the different levels of care available, the interns had a chance to partake in one of the afternoon activities - Bingo!
The second group stayed close to the UC Davis Medical Center and visit organizations in the Oak Park area. The first stop was the newly opened Fruitridge Community Collaborative. They had a chance to tour the facility and learn about all the amazing organizations. Then, they stopped at Community Against Sexual Harm (CASH) to learn about the services available to women who have experienced sexual exploitation. The last stop of the day was the River Oak Family Resource Center, where they took another tour and learned about the wonderful family programs that take place just down the street from the hospital!
The final group had the chance to visit the Walnut Grove area. Staff from Walnut Grove Elementary School and the Walnut Grove Family Resource Center spent time educating the interns about the local community. They even took the interns on a tour of Walnut Grove and the nearby town of Locke!
All in all, it was a very eventful and informative two days for the family medicine interns. They had a great time learning about the various services available to their patients in the Sacramento Valley.