Houston-based MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital patients became temporary doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals as they treated their teddy bear patients while learning more about their own treatments at Teddy Bear Clinic Sept. 9, according to a news release.
Sponsored by the Child Life Program at MDACCH this year, the clinic is offered as one of the many activities recognizing Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
Departments taking part in clinic
One area of the hospital was transformed into a miniature MD Anderson, with staff from multiple departments and services hosting interactive stations for the bears appointments. Among the departments taking part in the hands-on learning were:
Diagnostic Imaging, with a teddy bear-sized CT scanner
Speech therapy, language and audiology services
Clinical trials and translational research
United Airlines donated the GUND teddy bears, which were provided to children undergoing treatment for cancer as part of the United Adventure Bear program.