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Ashly Parmer

Major: Kinesiology and Health


Minor/option/emphasis: Exercise Science

Company/Organization: Story County Medical Center, Medically Oriented Gym
Company/Organization website: http://www.storymedical.org
Destination: Nevada, Iowa
Timeframe: Summer

Advisor/Coordinator Email: dpower@iastate.edu

I was responsible for...
A large part of my time was spent programming and leading small group exercise and assisting with cardiac rehabilitation classes. These classes involved collecting and monitoring patients' resting and exercising heart rates and blood pressures, conducting sub-maximal GXT treadmill tests, 3-lead ECG monitor placement and organizing/leading weekly wellness presentations. I was also given the opportunity to work with gym members one on one, write exercise prescriptions, collect medical history and perform functional fitness assessments.

I accomplished...
By the end of my internship experience I was able to conduct cardiac rehab sessions solo and assisted with an echocardiography stress test.

I learned...
I learned how important it was to connect with and build relationships with patients and gym members, as well as, how to make their experience at the gym appropriate for them as individuals.

Advice for others...
My advice for future students is to put into this internship as much as you would like to get out of it. Ask a lot of questions and get involved in as many facets of the agency as you can. Gain more experience by asking to observe different types of tests, sit in on meetings, and volunteer for activities outside of your day to day responsibilities.

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