HANDS-ON LEARNING: Youth Scholars Jocelyn Santos, of East Boston High School, and Alex Ortiz, of the Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers, work with Mary O’Brien, RN, MSN, professional development specialist in the Knight Nursing Center.
Every day, the Knight Simulation Program in The Institute for Patient Care provides experiential learning opportunities for MGH clinicians. For the past four weeks, however, Wednesday afternoons also were dedicated to teaching 11th grade students from the MGH Youth Scholars program how the respiratory system functions under different scenarios. The program is designed to allow students to apply their science curriculum to real-life clinical situations caused by asthma, alcohol intoxication or the use of inhalants. The 16 participants observed clinicians and learned how to safely care for a simulated patient with respiratory issues.
“The Knight Simulation Program developed a classroom model for this pilot program for high school students,” says Brian French, RN, director of the Knight Simulation Program and the Maxwell and Eleanor Blum Patient and Family Learning Center. “We met with biology, chemistry and anatomy teachers and others from Boston schools to make sure the knowledge from the students’ courses could be applied in the health care setting. We chose to develop scenarios that focused on social problems in the community, such as substance abuse.”
Christy Egun, director of Boston Partnerships in the MGH Center for Community Health Improvement, says the program demonstrates how MGH departments can expand the work they do to support the community. “We are thrilled to have a partner as dedicated to our work as the Knight Simulation Program is in taking its involvement with our students to the next level.”
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