UMass medical students give flu shots at 5th annual State House Health Fair


University of Massachusetts medical students gained some hands-on experience after receiving their formal training in western Massachusetts. 

Second-year nursing students administered flu shots and checked blood pressure levels for employees at the State House Thursday. 

The students were monitored closely by their teachers and peers during the entire vaccination process. 

“They check off our skills before coming here, so we’ve had a lot of practice before coming here,” said Emily Davenport, a nursing student at UMass. 

While they study for their graduate degree at UMass’ Medical school in Worcester, many of these students also work at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. 

Students in the UMass Graduate Program have already obtained their bachelor’s degree in nursing and are on track to become primary care physicians.

Vice Chancellor of UMass Medical School Kola Akindele said, “We’re out here once a year to get folks to understand how much of an impact we make in the Commonwealth.”

Wednesday’s event was sponsored by the State Department of Public Health, which praised the UMass nursing program for advancing the health and well-being of citizens across Massachusetts. 

Participants enjoyed a free healthy lunch, and students got the chance to practice their skills. 

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