Scholar students from LaSalle High School got a first-hand look at potential career paths in medicine during a visit to the University of Cincinnati (UC) Department of Emergency Medicine and the UC College of Medicine on Monday, May 7. The visit was coordinated by Joseph Moellman, MD, associate professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and a 1984 graduate of LaSalle.
The 20 LaSalle students who visited UC are part of the LaSallian Scholars Institute, which offers gifted students a unique educational experience in various career topics during their four years in high school. This is the eighth consecutive year LaSalle students have visited UC.
"Being a graduate of LaSalle, I was asked to be an initial member of their health care advisory team to brainstorm on ideas for the health care curriculum,” says Moellman. "Having been peripherally involved with the College of Medicine via the Department of Emergency Medicine, I thought it would be a great idea to have the students tour our Emergency Department, Air Care Simulation lab and the College of Medicine in addition to hearing about admission requirements to get a first-hand experience as to what it takes to become a physician."
After receiving an outline of the day’s events, Robbie Paulsen, MD, assistant professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine, gave the students an overview of emergency medicine before they broke into two tour groups. Students were given guided tours of the Emergency Department, the Shock Resuscitation Unit and Air Care and Mobile Care, as well as a simulation room. They also met with Nicole Harger, PharmD, a clinical specialist in the Department of Emergency Medicine, who talked to them about pharmacy practices.
The students also learned about the Connections Dual Admissions Program, which allows high school seniors to apply to both a UC undergraduate degree program and MD program in the College of Medicine simultaneously. The program attracts highly motivated, intellectually curious and academically talented students who are serious about a career in medicine. Admitted students enjoy the flexibility that comes with early assurance to medical school, and can pursue various majors, biomedical research opportunities, medical shadowing experiences, co-op opportunities, study abroad programs and service experiences within the greater Cincinnati area.
"I think that getting students involved early allows them to take advantage of shadowing and volunteer opportunities in order to see if medicine is a career in which they might have interest,” says Moellman.
Moellman says various faculty from the College of Medicine have visited LaSalle High School over the years to provide lectures to the students during their health care course, including Edward "Mel” Otten, MD, professor and Bill Knight, MD, associate professor, both in the Department of Emergency Medicine.