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Future doctors take on mini-med school

By Catherine Hawley, Reporter, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Mar 09 2013 06:00:00 PM CST
Updated On: Mar 11 2013 05:42:38 AM CDT

Mini-Medical School in Allentown

ALLENTOWN, Pa. -

Lecture started right at 10:30 a.m. For the next hour, local high schoolers got to learn all about diagnosing a cardiovascular issue. Welcome to mini-medical school.

"We wanted to give the public an idea of what goes on in a medical school," explained Chief Academic Officer at St. Luke's University Hospital Dr. Joel Rosenfeld.

This is week three of a four-week session. Hands-on clinical skills are also part of the experience. Each meeting simulates one year of medical school.

"I've always wanted to be a doctor," shared Liberty High School junior Alex Lozano. "So I think it's a cool experience."

And he's not alone. Out of the 60 participants, most of them are teens who want to go into medicine.

"It kind of opened my eyes. It's going to be really hard because some of the stuff they're saying I'm like what the heck," added Nicole Nelson, a Liberty High School sophomore.

Programmable, robotic simulators were used to teach CPR and highlight the proper way to deal with a patient in a real life scenario. While some things may have been surprising for the students, most say they're glad they had the opportunity to try it out.

"I think it will help me a lot because I'm getting a little insight on everything ahead of time," said Nelson.

"I think it's a first glimpse on what we're actually going to do when we get older," explained Lozano.

St. Luke's partnered with the DaVinci Science Center for the mini-medical school.

Officials say they're thinking about doing it again over the summer.