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Johns Hopkins Offers High School Students a Glimpse of Med School

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High school students interested in learning more about medical professions are encouraged to apply to a new summer course that will be offered at the Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus.

Called Medical School Intensive, the two-week course is designed to engage bright students who are interested in medicine. Students will learn basic knowledge and techniques related to surgery, internal medicine, pediatrics, emergency medicine and biomedical science by participating in interactive lectures and labs, experiencing hands-on medical trainings at the Johns Hopkins Medical Simulation Center in Baltimore, networking with medical professionals and visiting a Hopkins hospital.

The 1-credit course will run from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. June 26-July 7. (Class will not be held on July 4.)

The class will be taught by Dr. Yuejin Li, a postdoctoral fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and an adjunct professor at Morgan State University in the Department of Biology. Li, who has long been interested in mentoring and career development, was trained as a pediatrician and looks forward to sharing her experiences as a doctor with high school students this summer. “This is not a boring summer camp,” Li said. “This will culture students’ interest in medicine.” High school is the ideal time for a course like this, Li said, as teenagers are starting to seriously consider future academic and career paths.

Students will travel to the Simulation Center, where Hopkins medical school students are trained. The high school students will learn CPR and first aid; observe live simulated surgery; perform virtual surgery; and learn how to suture, tie surgical knots, perform skin biopsies, draw blood, start an IV, perform a spinal tap, read blood and urine tests, listen to lung and heart sounds and dissect organs.

Students will participate in interactive lectures to learn how basic science knowledge is applied to health. Lectures and hands-on activities will complement each other, so students will learn the principles of a procedure and then learn how to actually do it. They also will perform activities in the wet lab at the Montgomery County Campus about molecular biology, including extracting DNA.

The course will also offer students networking opportunities and career preparation. Students will learn about the career choices in medicine other than being a doctor, such as physician assistants, therapists, nurses, medical writers, medical artists and careers in public health and the biomedical fields, Li said. Students will hear from medical professionals who will offer advice on being accepted to medical school and how to prepare academically for medical school while in high school and college. Students also will hear from students studying bioinformatics, biomedical engineering, molecular and cellular biology, public health and nursing at Hopkins.

High schoolers who already have an interest in medicine or who are just beginning to consider a career in medicine are encouraged to apply, said Li, who looks forward to helping the next generation of medical professionals.

“This camp is a great starting point to think about their future,” Li said.