MedCaT 2015 Academy
During the week of July 19th-24, 2015, the Medical Careers and Technology Academy welcomed 29 students and 6 teachers to the campuses of Wake Forest University, Wake Forest School of Medicine and Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center! In this year’s cohort, we had 3 students who returned from 2014 to serve as peer mentors for their fellow students.
Throughout the week, students engaged in multiple sessions aimed at increasing their competence in several areas of science and health, specifically: Diabetes/obesity and the science behind development and treatment of the disease; Problem Based Learning case study and research; and Native American perspectives on health and factors that affect the health of Native Americans in the US. Teachers were able to engage in concurrent sessions focused on using Problem-Based Learning in the classroom and current resources and practices being used in other health occupations and biotechnology high school programs in North Carolina.
Student also had opportunities to participate in interactive sessions to learn about multiple health and biomedical science careers and current tools and technology for innovative patient care facilitated by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center/School of Medicine faculty, staff and students. These included the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Joslin Diabetes Center, Center for Applied Learning, Brenner Children’s Hospital, Comprehensive Rehabilitation Center and Orthopedics Lab, just to name a few.
The students are from 6 high schools from Cherokee, Graham, Jackson and Swain counties in far western NC, and the program gave them the opportunity to see how they can impact their communities through healthcare. MedCaT students were interested in a variety of direct patient care careers, such as nursing, physician, physician assistant, and physical therapist; as well as non-patient care careers like biomedical engineering, bioimaging, pathology and regenerative medicine. The 2015 MedCaT Cohort was another fantastic week for the MedCaT Academy, we can’t wait until next year!