The Teddy Bear Hospital is a unique and popular IFMSA-NZMSA (International Federation of Medical Students Association) project that was brought to Auckland and Dunedin for the first time in 2011.
The Teddy Bear Hospital has two main goals. The first is to alleviate the anxiety of NZ kindergarteners between the ages of 3-5 when going to the doctor. The second seeks to enable medical students to further develop their interaction skills with children. These goals are achieved by providing a fun and relaxed environment for children to learn more about healthy lifestyle and experience the consultation atmosphere in a mock hospital setting while bringing their own Teddy for his/her “check up” with the teddy doctor.
Due to its success, the Dunedin Teddy Bear Hospital will be running again this year. A community session will be held in the Clinical Skills Lab on the 2nd floor of the Fraser Building. Session 1 will run at 9am-10:15am and Session 2 will run at 10:45am-12am. Parents are encouraged to be present while your child(ren) is in the workshops. If your children would like to attend, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.