AMSA's Local Chapter Project Directory

Project title AMSA Teddy Bear Clinic
Project type(s) Community Service
Date completed 11/2007
Chapter St Matthews University SOM
Project Coordinator Paul Spechler and Aften Baker
Summary of project AMSA at St. Matthew’s University hosted a Teddy Bear Clinic on November 3, 2007. We invited children from all over Grand Cayman to bring their Teddy Bear or favorite stuffed animal into a mock "clinic" for a check up. The Teddy Bear "patients” were greeted by AMSA members who helped the child make up a chief complaint. The stuffed animals were then taken to an exam area where medical students helped treat whatever was wrong with teddy. While doing the physical exam on the stuffed animals, the med. students explained to the children each step of the exam and taught them about the equipment used by doctors. The children who participated had the opportunity to learn more about a trip to the doctor’s office, and hopefully realize that it’s not such a scary place. There was also coloring in the waiting room, along with snacks and juice for after teddy’s check up. All the children who took advantage of this event received a certificate for attending the Teddy Bear Clinic. The children and parents who visited the Teddy Bear Clinic had a great time and the med students who volunteered enjoyed the experience.

Content area Child and Adolescent Health
Number of participants 25
Participant hours involved 114 hour(s)
Coordinator roles
Coordinator hours hour(s)
Total project cost 1,100
Project funding Local chapter funds,Donation
Funding breakdown of sources and/or donations:
Project advertising The project was advertised in a few different ways. We printed up 500 fliers and handed them out to children at local elementary schools. Fliers were posted up at local toy stores, food stores, and at play groups. The AMSA Chapter President, VP and Pro
Success rating
(1 = unsuccesful, 5 = very successful)
Lessons/suggestions The project ran rather smoothly. We had more than adequate funds, and a great deal of preparation went into the event. The attendance of members and child from the community could have been better. We had 25 fantastic volunteers and we didn’t feel shor

Comments Please check out the Facebook group entitled “St. Matthew’s University AMSA” We have posted the video of our TV appearance there, as well as photos from the event. To make the event flow smoothly, we planned out every detail. We had everything from a