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National Youth Leadership Forum

National Youth Leadership Forum/Medicine (NYLF)

Envision has been offering experiential programs to motivated students since 1985. Envision programs have served more than 800,000 students in more than 145 countries, with programs designed to build skills through experience. The Envision family of programs offers a continuum of leadership and career exploration programs, incorporating the Global Young Leaders Conference, the Junior National Young Leaders Conference, Congressional Youth Leadership Council, LeadAmerica and the National Youth Leadership Forums on Medicine, National Security and Law and CSI.

National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine (NYLF) convenes at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

Through an educational partnership, over 200 students from across the nation convene annually at Wake Forest School of Medicine as part of the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine. The students spend a day of activities at the Medical Center with faculty, students, and staff, coordinated by the Office of Student Inclusion and Diversity.

The academically talented high school students, all interested in health care, learn the history of Wake Forest School of Medicine and the Bowman Gray campus, and spend the day engaged in activities highlighting the education, research and patient care provided at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Ryan E. Boykin, PA, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, presented a dynamic and interactive lecture written by Nathan Smith, MD— “Three Billion: The Anatomy and Physiology of the Human Heart.” One student’s shared what he learned at the lecture. “I enjoyed the lecture because I learned so many additional things about the human heart. One thing I liked about the lecture is that it gave us statistics to show the severity of heart disease and why your heart is important. It was an opportunity for me to learn all of the functions and vocabulary terms related to the heart; I also enjoyed this part of the program because we had the opportunity to examine real (pig) hearts. I thought this was very interesting because it allowed everyone to physically see and identify the parts of the heart; it showed everyone what the heart really looked like.”

The lecture was followed by lunch with 12 other medical and graduate students who answered questions and shared their experiences in medical school, and then a tour at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine. “This was a unique experience because we actually got the chance to see the labs where they perform their procedures. I thought it was interesting that they used an inkjet printer to print cells to create organs. I thought this was revolutionary because with knowledge and technology, we can completely eradicate the need for organ donations.”

In addition to a tour of the medical center, students had many hands-on experiences—they had the responsibility of caring for a mock patient during surgery in the patient simulation lab and gained an appreciation for the many systems and teams required to provide care for a real patient. “This amazed me, because the mannequin could breathe and blink!” one high school student declared. As a follow-up to the anatomy and physiology of the heart lecture, students were introduced to a physical examination of the heart and were able to practice their physical exam skills.

Concluding the day, the students attended a Q&A session and were able ask students and staff additional questions that developed during the day.

A pre-test given at the beginning of the day yielded a maximum of three out of 10 correct answers. A post-test landed prizes for students who correctly answered correctly all of the 10 questions! The success of the program was summed up by one student: “There were so many amazing experiences I had here that I will never forget.”

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Last Updated: 09-19-2016
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