Space highschool college students explored the intersection of well being behaviors, environmental exposures, social circumstances, and the way they affect a person’s well being by way of OUWB’s 2022 On-line Summer time Enrichment Program.
Held July 11-15, this system — open to all highschool college students who’ve expressed curiosity in medication and careers in well being sciences — was a hybrid of on-line and in-person studying.
Led by OUWB Variety & Inclusion, this system is taught by school members from OUWB’s Division of Foundational Medical Research. The theme of this yr’s program was “The Atmosphere, Well being, and You.”
“This program is essential not solely as a result of it supplies highschool college students an outlet to discover well being sciences, however as a result of it offers college students direct entry to college and researchers, present medical college students, and different professionals within the area of well being care,” stated Angie Freeman, coordinator, Variety & Inclusion.
Kyeorda Kemp, Ph.D., assistant professor, Division of Foundational Medical Research, coordinated this system curriculum aimed toward serving to college students who “not solely get to study extra about what it’s prefer to be a physician however all of the issues that affect well being.”
“It actually opens their eyes and in addition permits them to make these connections and networks to different people that may assist them succeed sooner or later,” stated Kemp.
‘College students responded properly’
4 of the 5 days have been digital and used a hybrid of synchronous and asynchronous studying. Every day, college students logged on to have interaction with school in regards to the day’s classes.
The primary day, for instance, had modules overlaying an outline of the human physique; primary cell, genetics, and microbes; biochemistry; and vitamin.
The second day had modules that coated environmental well being; lead and the water disaster; and water high quality and human well being.
Classes on days three and 4 have been equally themed.
“I feel that the scholars responded properly [to online classes], they favored the pliability of it,” Akshata Naik, Ph.D., assistant professor, Division of Foundational Medical Research stated. “There was elevated participation due to the net facet.”
Early publicity is vital
|Kyeorda Kemp, Ph.D., assistant professor, OUWB, works with a excessive schooler in the course of the medical college’s On-line Summer time Enrichment Program.|
The final day of this system was held on the campus of Oakland College.
Within the morning, college students toured O’Dowd Corridor, the Oakland Heart, Kresge Library, and the Anatomy Lab in Hannah Corridor.
Additionally within the morning, college students have been in a position to see up shut a wholesome lung and a smoker’s lung, and examine the variations. The lungs have been from OUWB’s anatomy lab.
OUWB medical scholar Min Kim volunteered to assist with this system all week, and co-led the tour on the final day. Kim, who minored in schooling as an undergrad, stated she “loves working with college students” and was impressed by their degree of engagement.
“Hopefully, going ahead, desirous about environmental well being is extra of their minds and never one thing new,” she stated. “It’s good that they’re getting early publicity to those matters and having to consider them.”
Through the second half of the day, the scholars offered totally different matters concerning the atmosphere and well being in teams that they’d been working in in the course of the week. A number of the matters included meals entry, deforestation and the consequences of lead publicity on kids.
The scholars have been in a position to achieve expertise presenting in a university setting and even had an opportunity to reply questions from school members like Kemp and Naik.
After displays, the scholars have been greeted by a profession panel of six contributors: Affiliate Dean for Scientific Training Pierre Morris, M.D.; Assistant Dean for Admissions and Monetary Providers Dan Kallenberger; OU Admissions Adviser Jessie Gutierrez-Arredondo; Senior Recruitment Adviser Mikayla Gipson; Director of Inhabitants Well being Informatics Ramin Homayouni, Ph.D.; and Program Supervisor at Detroit Meals Coverage Council Kibibi Blount-Dorn.
Panel members mentioned their journeys to the place they’re at the moment, offering useful data to the scholars who will quickly be beginning their faculty careers.
“Typically life is not deliberate, you simply drift and you’re taking this uncommon path to get the place you need to be,” stated Morris. “I by no means supposed to be a highschool trainer, however that is what I ended up doing for 12 years.”
“It is by no means too late to make a brand new starting however you need to do it earlier. I want I had accomplished this lots sooner,” he added.
“However the different factor is you need to observe your coronary heart and your goals and go the place you actually need to be in life.”
Homayouni offered perception about not solely doing properly in lessons but additionally exploring totally different alternatives on the journey to medical college.
“You most likely need to take into consideration why you need to be a physician. It is a mixture of actually having ardour to assist people and the scientific a part of it and you need to have this curiosity and work ethic,” stated Homayouni.
“As you are going by means of faculty and exploring, it is best to become involved in the neighborhood, become involved within the scientific facet, work in a lab that will help you tease out what a part of that you simply actually have a ardour for.”
Freeman, who hopes that the scholars had a number of takeaways from the expertise, stated this system was made doable due to volunteers like Kemp, Naik, Kim, and lots of different OUWB school and employees.
“(We hope that college students gained) an understanding of human well being and the way it’s impacted by the atmosphere, an exploration of careers in well being sciences by means of networking and connecting with school and present medical college students and lastly, a way of belonging and self-confidence throughout the area of well being sciences,” stated Freeman.
Suggestions after this system signifies this system met these targets.
College students Tarun Rajesh and Adam Nigl mirrored on what they’d realized all through the week.
“There’s new issues I realized like how the atmosphere can have an effect on our well being, as a result of I actually didn’t take into consideration the atmosphere that a lot,” stated Rajesh. “The forms of well being as properly like neighborhood well being and the way that may be affected by the atmosphere.”
“I didn’t notice how adversarial the atmosphere was, I simply thought it was simply nature and outdoors however I didn’t notice there have been a bunch of elements and the way associated it was to our well being general,” added Nigl.
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