Teddy bear hospital: where clinical gets cuddly
Teddy bear hospital helps children learn about health
- By: Sasha Thambapillai
“Doctor, doctor my teddy’s got no brain,” is just one of the challenging presentations facing doctors at the Teddy Bear Hospital.
Teddy Bear Hospital is a place where young children can bring their sick teddy bears to see a teddy bear doctor, and where they can use stethoscopes, sphygmomanometers, and syringes (of course, without needles) to help the doctors diagnose and treat sick teddies. Along the way they learn about healthy eating, exercise, and common childhood illnesses.
The teddy bear doctors are really medical students, and the various scenarios the sick teddies go through simulate a typical hospital visit for a child. This simple role play aims to make children feel comfortable with hospitals and doctors and also improve medical students’ communication skills with children.
Teddy Bear Hospital is a public health project aimed at 3-7 year old children. It is an official project of the European Medical Students Association