Harvard MEDscience brings science to life for local high-schoolers

Harvard MEDscience brings science to life for local high-schoolers

December 8, 2019 0 By Ronny Jaskolski


MEDscience is a high school biology
curriculum that’s essentially anatomy and physiology of seven organ systems. A
high school teacher teaches the curriculum in school every day just like
every other course. Having a small school kind of makes the school community a
little bit closer. You feel like you can go and you can talk to your teachers
and they’ll understand, like, what’s going on or how to help you because they really get to
know the students on an individual level. One day every week, the class comes to
the Medical School and using what they learn during the week, take care of a
patient and the science comes to life. Real-world places need to step in and
say look, let’s help to bridge the gap between high school and the real world,
these partnerships are huge. So today we had to diagnose Stan with a digestive
disorder and we ended up diagnosing him with gall stones due to his chief complaint
which was an upper right quadrant issue which is where the gall bladder is
located. We did it pretty quickly so it was good. A lot of the kids in the class are juniors or
seniors so we’re in that spot where we need to find what we want to do, so having
like, a small introduction to something might be able to help them hook on an
interest that they never knew that they had. I think kids spend a lot of time
wondering why they learn what they learn. You know, kids are desperate to
know why I need to know this and then when they’re put in a situation where they
have to know it, it’s a completely different story. When they go to MEDscience for the first time and realize like, I can’t possibly diagnose someone
if I don’t know these vital signs, by the end of that day, they know them. Being able to
come to the Harvard Medical Center’s, you know, a great opportunity and it’s always
important to diversify your options and learn something new, so that’s why I decided to come. We know we’re at Harvard Medical School, but there is no wrong
answer, you do not have to raise your hand and we’re going to learn together
and we’re going to have fun. I think if kids walk away from the class
feeling like a career that was once unattainable for me is very real and
tangible, I think that’s a huge win.