North Point High School senior Abrianna Broomes was nominated and attended the Medical Institute held July 21-27 at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. The program provides students interested in careers in the medical field with opportunities to learn about the medical field, and participate in hands-on learning experiences. The program features topics such as human anatomy and physiology, microbiology and infectious diseases, surgery, cancer and biomedical ethics.
Participants also work in the gross anatomy lab and with a patient simulator to focus on current medical issues, such as preventative medicine and heart disease. Students are also able to use surgical box simulators, practice dissection and taking blood pressure, work in the suture lab and with Georgetown Medical students and professors.
Broomes plans to study nursing at Stevenson University after she graduates from North Point, and applied to participate in the Institute last school year. Interested students must submit an online application, a personal statement about why they want to attend the program and provide their guidance counselor with a form to complete on behalf of their application.
The Medical Institute is an eight-day long program and Georgetown sponsors four sections for students to choose from annually during the summer. Other topics covered include introduction to alternative medicine, intensive-care unit (ICU) medicine, emergency medicine and trauma surgery. Participants also take part in lectures and small-group seminars with medical students, physicians, surgeons and biomedical researchers, which provide them with a comprehensive view of the medical field.
Georgetown hosts several summer programs for interested high school students, some of which can be completed for college credit. More information is available on the Georgetown University website at http://scs.georgetown.edu/departments/21/summer-programs-for-high-school-students/home.
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