#AARCmemberforlife | Virtual Scavenger Hunt Shows Value of Membership

 Published: February 12, 2020

By: Addie Schiefer


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Can a scavenger hunt help lead to lifelong members? One program director is putting that theory to the test with her students.

AARC member Helena F. Medkiff, MSHCM, RRT, RRT-NPS, RPFT, AE-C, is currently the director of clinical education respiratory therapy and assistant professor of clinical cardiopulmonary science at Louisiana State University, School of Allied Health Professions. She teaches a respiratory fundamentals course at LSU, the first course students take that is specific to the respiratory system.

Beyond membership enrollment

Medkiff’s students are required to become student members of the AARC, but she doesn’t stop there in getting them more involved. During the second semester of her class, students take part in a virtual scavenger hunt assignment. The assignment involves the students visiting the multiple AARC websites and resources, to help them learn of all the benefits that come along with being a member.

Medkiff says she wants her students to remain lifelong members of the AARC.

“I want them to see the benefits of membership and know of the resources available to them through AARC and AARCConnect,” Medkiff, said.

Tools to help you

Resources like Mentoring Excellence: AARC & Lifelong Learning, a student engagement book available to all AARC members, helped Medkiff develop this activity. She received the idea for her scavenger hunt from this resource and went on to make it specific to her students.

More for educators

AARC supports educators like Medkiff, who are determined to impact their students’ lives even after graduation. In addition to the Mentoring Excellence book, check out the other resources for educators:

And finally, take a moment to recognize your preceptors through the Education Section Preceptor Recognition Program.

Email newsroom@aarc.org with questions or comments, we’d love to hear from you.

Addie Schiefer

Addie Schiefer is the Content Manager for the AARC where she creates engaging content for the association via the AARC website, newsletters, and social media. Connect with her about potential stories by email, AARConnect, or LinkedIn. When she’s not working, you can find her listening to a true crime podcast, traveling to new places with her husband, hanging out with her dog JoJo, or browsing the aisles of the nearest Target.

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