Mesa Campus: Best Places to Grab a Bite

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Arizona College’s new Mesa campus opened its doors in January to allied health students in the East Valley. The campus itself is conveniently located just outside the Downtown Mesa area, which boasts excellent arts and culture, entertainment, and shopping destinations, as well as an array of delicious dining options. For students looking for a place to grab a bite near campus, whether it’s a snack before class or a sit-down meal afterward, check out some of these popular dining spots within walking distance or a quick drive from school: Thai Spices – Thai Spices features a wide selection of dine-in meals, as well as take-out options for when you’re in a rush and on the go. This Mesa eatery offers an excellent value while serving up traditional Thai dishes. UnPhogettable – UnPhogettable is a popular Vietnamese restaurant offering delicious pho, generous portions, and excellent service. The Woodshed II – This…

Medical Apps for Allied Health Professionals

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With the growing popularity of smartphones and tablets, it seems like there is an app for everything. In recent years, apps have even begun to play a role in patient care. From EHR apps that allow healthcare providers to track patient information to medical news apps that provide a searchable database of the latest in healthcare news and guidelines, there are countless apps available that healthcare workers can use in the workplace to help them diagnose, treat, and monitor their patients. Here is a small sampling of some of the most popular medical apps on the market: Epocrates Epocrates is an app providing reliable drug, disease, and diagnostic information. With thousands of drug monographs, a drug-drug interaction checker, a pill identifier, and much more, it acts as a fantastic drug reference. Premium versions of Epocrates provide additional features, including alternative medications, billing codes, disease information, and more. DrawMD This app…

National Hospital Week

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National Hospital Week is just around the corner! From May 12 through May 18, health professionals everywhere will be celebrating the nation’s largest healthcare event. National Hospital Week is a celebration of history, technology, and the dedicated professionals that make healthcare facilities across America renowned for being excellent places to receive care and treatment. National Hospital Week is also a time to recognize hardworking hospital staff, and to promote the mission of health and well-being. With celebrations beginning in 1921, National Hospital Week began when a magazine editor in Chicago suggested that more information about hospitals might help to alleviate public fears about the healthcare system. Since then, the celebration has succeeded in promoting both trust and goodwill among members of the public. Hospitals across the country are encouraged to plan activities throughout the week to recognize and celebrate the quality care that their staffs provide. All professionals in the…

Resolve for Better Study Habits in 2013

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As you work toward your diploma or degree in allied health, it is important to develop – and stick to – good study habits. As the year comes to an end, resolve for effective, efficient studying in 2013! These useful tips will help you improve and invigorate your studying routine in the new year: If possible, take practice tests. Taking advantage of practice exams will help you become familiar with the testing format, give you a feel for the types of questions you can expect to find on the tests, and help you recall information. Write – and rewrite – the information. Take the time to handwrite the information you are studying – this will greatly help you to retain and remember the material. Switch between topics. Instead of immersing yourself in a single subject, try switching between a few related topics. This way, you will cover more material in…

Brush Up on Your CPR Skills Every Friday at AZ College

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It is very important for allied health professionals to be familiar with cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in the event of an emergency. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), when an individual suffers an out-of-hospital heart attack and their survival depends greatly on receiving immediate CPR from a bystander, less than one-third of those individuals receive the help they need. Most bystanders are untrained in CPR and are afraid of doing something wrong. At Arizona College, we offer CPR courses every Friday from 1:00-4:00 pm. Students can sign up for CPR courses through the front desk and attend on a first-come, first-served basis. This CPR course will teach students to recognize the signs of cardiac arrest and help them determine if someone needs CPR or rescue breaths, or needs to be placed in a recovery position to protect their airway. Students will learn about performing CPR on adults, children, and infants,…