Therapy dogs visit ACOM students

Seven dogs from the Volunteer Services department's Pawsitive Therapy program visited students at ACOM on the first day of exams this week. The aim of the event, coordinated by medical student Hannah Zeltzer, president of ACOM's Health and Wellness student organization, was to expose the students to therapy dogs and the dog/human connection.

"This is so comforting; it's a little taste of home during a stress filled week. I'm so ACOM student Julia Todd glad to have the dogs here," said medical student Julia Todd.

SAMC Volunteer Services Director Jamie Weeks said, "I thought it was a great way for our future physicians to experience first hand the impact of therapy dogs."

The dogs were available to the students for two hours. Weeks said many students enjoyed the opportunity, and some sat in the floor or even laid down in the floor with the dogs. The event will be repeated during the spring exam period.

ACOM student Hannah Zeltzer spends a few minutes with Bonnie, a 5-year-old ACOM student Hannah Zeltzer golden retriever in the Pawsitive Therapy program.

Spreading good cheer...and clean hands

SAMC Public Relations team members Debbie Ingram-Ward and Steve Pearce pose for a photo 4026DebSteveSantaBooth310x153 during the Downtown Group's Christmas festival on Dec. 6. SAMC sponsored Santa Claus' appearance and also gave out free popcorn, miniature footballs imprinted with heart attack warning signs, hand sanitizer and information cards on the importance of handwashing during cold and flu season.

Senior driving classes offered

SAMC is offering four driver safety classes for older drivers in 2015 through its Senior Discovery 4303DrivingClasses310x153 program. Classes begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. in the 7th Floor Conference Room of the Doctors Building on the SAMC campus. Classes are scheduled for Monday, February 23; Tuesday, May 12; Tuesday, August 11; and Tuesday, November 10.

The cost of the program is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members; the cost includes a light lunch. Free diabetes and vision screenings and blood pressure checks will be conducted. Registration is required. Call the Medical Center at (334) 712-3336 or 1-800-735-7998.