The University of Pennsylvania’s OneHealth Initiative has shined a light on the substantive amount of crossover and collaboration among Penn’s health schools. From ticks to cancer detection to antibiotic resistance, we’ve touched on a lot of topics involving faculty from around the whole campus. But let us put the research and clinical care aspect aside for a moment and focus on what may be their most uniting quality: educating the next generation of youngsters.
Each summer, high school and undergraduate students come to campus from all over the world to experience what Penn has to offer—and get a real dose of biomedical education.
Last Wednesday, we saw a glimpse of what some of them are up to in the summer camps at Penn Medicine, Vet and Dental. There were ultrasound and resuscitation demonstrations at the Clinical Simulation Center at Penn Medicine Rittenhouse, a working dog training workshop at the Penn Vet Working Dog Center’s Canine Handler Academy, clinical rotations at Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital, and mock tooth fillings in one of Penn Dental’s labs.
All are part of either Penn Medicine’s Summer Program for High School Students, the Summer Veterinary Exploration Through Science program with Penn Vet, or the Provost Summer Mentorship Program at Penn Dental Medicine.
Check out the slideshow below to get a look at the activities from that day. The media were also invited, so in case you missed it, check out the 6ABC story, which featured the Medicine program, which is now in its third year. “We have over 100 students this year,” said Gregg Lipschik, MD, manager of the program and co-director of the Sim Center. “It gives them a taste of the world of medicine as they explore career possibilities, with lectures, lab exercises, and other demonstrations.”