Doc for a Day: Middle-School Girls Get Hands-On Feel for Medical Science at UVM Discovery Day
- By Jennifer Nachbur
The University of Vermont College of Medicine’s lecture hall, labs and classrooms were buzzing with the high energy of seventh- and eighth-grade girls on Saturday, May 10, 2014. More than 100 students from 31 middle schools across Vermont engaged in the day-long Girls Science Discovery Day hosted by medical students from the American Medical Women’s Association’s UVM chapter.
In addition to a keynote presentation from Sharon Mount, M.D., UVM professor of pathology, students rotated through five hands-on workshops, traveling in small groups with their school and parent chaperones. Topics included: “Parts is Parts,” a hands-on session checking out specimens in the Gross Anatomy Lab with UVM anatomists Ellen Black, Ph.D., Diane Jaworski, Ph.D., and Lauren Arms, Ph.D.; “Explore the Blood,” a blood coagulation workshop with Paula Tracy, Ph.D., UVM professor of biochemistry and Foundations course director; a physical exam skills workshop – called “Say ‘Ahhh’” – led by medical students and held in the Medical Education Center’s small-group classrooms; “Lessons from the Dead” session examining human organs and disease pathology in the Given Building’s Pathology Museum with UVM/Fletcher Allen pathologists Rebecca Wilcox, M.D., and Pamela Gibson, M.D.; as well as three stations within the UVM/Fletcher Allen Clinical Simulation Laboratory in the mock-OR/ER; virtual reality room, and task trainer room.
This year’s event was led by Class of 2017 students Katherine Wang and Rebekah Wieland, with assistance from a number of medical students and graduate students.