At CCMH, we are thrilled to hear about the successes and innovation of our graduates. While we have alumni working all over the globe, we also have the pleasure of some graduates coming back to teach!
We’ve spoken to CCMH grad Rashad LaTouche before, but now he shares his experiences as a Teacher’s Assistant (TA) here at CCMH, the importance of staying hands on, and his own continued education.
What course are you currently a TA for at CCMH, Rashad?
I’m a TA for GAP, a first term Anatomy course, and I’m here three to five days a week. More than anything right now, I’m helping with the hands-on portion of the class. In addition to being required to learn different structures of the body, it’s essential that students are able to find these structures on the human body and have a hands on perspective.
What is it like being on the other side of the classroom?
It’s definitely an adjustment, and you pay attention to different things. It’s also good for me to go back as a professional because it keeps me on my toes. Instead of soaking up the information as a student, I already have a base knowledge. When I interact with students who have questions or need more guidance, I need to be at the top of my game.
What do you like about teaching Anatomy?
Coming from a kinesiology background, Anatomy was initially familiar in language but not in terms of using my hands to find things. For example, I knew where the quads were before CCMH, but the program and the GAP course go beyond the theoretical. After CCMH, I am now able to use my hands to prove a theory.
What I like about teaching Anatomy is seeing that ‘Aha!’ moment for the students, where it really clicks. The realization they’ve taken the knowledge from being able to describe something to really feeling it.
How have you been continuing your education?
When I’m not working out of KX Yorkville, Chiropractic Wellness and Rehabilitation in Oshawa, or Mobile Massage, I keep myself busy with continuing education courses. As Massage Therapists, we are required to do them every three years, but I’m staying on top of learning new skills.
What course are you taking now?
Thus far, I have completed a KIN taping course. Unlike Athletic Taping, this is more of a dynamic taping that helps to inhibit, activate, or support structures depending on what the issue might be. Athletic tape is more rigid and restrictive.
I also completed a Concussion Management course. At the clinic in Oshawa, they work with clients who have suffered from concussions and are dealing with the symptoms. The course really prepared me for the protocols when interacting with someone suffering from a concussion.
I also have another course lined up for Instrument Assisted Soft-Tissue Manipulation. It’s an additional way to manipulate the tissue using metal tools. Although it is important to stay hands on, this technique is great for saving my hands for only when it’s necessary! I plan to stay in the career for a long time, and it’s important that even when my hands are tired, I have other tools I can use to help my clients.
Thanks for speaking with us, Rashad! It’s always nice to hear updates from our returning alum.
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