Mini-Medical School at DaVinci Science Center
St. Luke's Hosts Mini-Medical School Program for High School Students and Older Adults
Bethlehem, PA (3/18/2013) - Nearly 60 high school students and adults aged 62 and over participated in a mini-medical school experience offered by St. Luke's University Health Network in partnership with the DaVinci Science Center to learn more about medicine.
“We were extremely pleased with the participation and the enthusiasm of the students of all ages,” said Joel Rosenfeld, MD, FACS, Chief Academic Officer for St. Luke's University Health Network's Graduate Medical Education program and Associate Dean, Temple University Clinical Campus, St. Luke's University Health Network. “I hope that the experience helped the youth decide if they wanted to pursue the field of medicine as a future career and helped the older ‘students’ become more educated consumers of health care.”
St. Luke's mini-medical school series focused on the cardiovascular system and provided learning through lecture with hands-on clinical and procedural skills. As part of the Da Vinci Science Center's Year of the Human Body project, the St. Luke's Mini-Medical School was created to raise awareness of medical advances in the Lehigh Valley region, introduce high school students in grades 10 to 12 and older adults to medicine and highlight the Temple/St. Luke's Medical School, said Dr. Rosenfeld.
The mini-medical school covered four years of medical school in three sessions. The first session, held at the DaVinci Science Center, covered the anatomy and physiology of the heart and vascular system as well as causes, mechanisms and identification of cardiovascular diseases.
Working together at the Temple/St. Luke's Medical School at St. Luke's University Hospital – Bethlehem for the second session, students worked together with high fidelity, programmable robotic simulators and actors to imitate real life clinical scenarios during the second session. The students were able to assess the “patient's” problems and develop and implement care plans.
The mini-medical school experience culminated with information about cardiovascular diseases, prevention strategies and treatment for the patient. The students were tested with a “final exam” and participated in graduation exercises, complete with a certificate for completing the series.
Joel Rosenfeld, MD, MEd, FACS, Chief Academic Officer for St. Luke's University Health Network and Associate Dean, Temple University School of Medicine, welcomes the participants of the mini-medical school offered to the public by St. Luke’s University Health Network in partnership with the Da Vinci Science Center.
Cardiologist/Electrophysiologist Darren Traub, DO, describes heart anatomy and physiology of the heart and vascular system to the mini-medical school participants. The students also learned about heart- and vascular-related illnesses.
Nicole Nelson, Liberty High School sophomore and mini-medical school participant, watches as Josh Onia, Temple/St. Luke's Medical School Simulation Center Coordinator, demonstrates CPR on a life-like simulator used to train medical students.
Josh Onia, Temple/St. Luke's Medical School Simulation Center Coordinator, demonstrates the capabilities of the human simulator to area high school sophomores, juniors and seniors, as well as a handful of community members aged 62-plus.
Denise E. Rader
Director, Network Media Relations
St. Luke's University Health Network