Attending Clinician Sarah Kelly, DC, and National University of Health Sciences ̶ Florida student volunteers provided medical support for the “Surfers for Autism” fundraising event in Pinellas Park on July 13. The event raises money for “unlocking the potential of children and adults with autism through advocacy and support of scientific research, while educating the public and uniting communities through volunteerism.”
Daniel Strauss, DC, Dean of the College of Professional Studies at the Florida site, explained that this is one of several dozen athletic events and community presentations that National University provides to the Pinellas Park area community. “These events are an opportunity for our students to use their training and enhance their learning experiences. But giving back to the community is also fundamental to what National University is all about,”Dr. Strauss noted.
Dr. Strauss pointed out that volunteering to provide medical services at a variety of community events also allows students to develop their proficiencies treating diverse populations and to learn important communication skills. “These experiences will help them build their practices in the future,” he added.
National University chiropractic interns worked with about 15 participants at the event providing primary care, as well as assistance with musculoskeletal issues. “Everyone was extremely grateful we were there,” Dr. Strauss reported. “We got exceptional feedback and we are appreciative of Dr. Kelly and all the interns who participated!”