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Seventh Graders Teach Med Students about Adolescence

Release Date: 11-18-2010

Author: Jennifer Nachbur
Email: Jennifer.Nachbur@uvm.edu
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Now sixteen months into the Foundations level of the Vermont Integrated Curriculum, second-year medical students at the University of Vermont College of Medicine are currently taking the Generations course. On Wednesday, November 17, 88 seventh-graders from Vergennes Union Middle School (VUMS) came to campus to share their knowledge of adolescent development -- a stage of life which they are each currently experiencing -- with members of the Class of 2013.

Students from VUMS' Team 7, with guidance from their teachers Monica McEnerny, Melissa Muzzy, Sean Nary and Eric Fries, worked in groups to develop presentations on a variety of aspects of adolescence. Each group took turns delivering their formal talks to medical students in Carpenter Auditorium in the Given building. Afterwards, the middle schoolers joined medical students for an hour-long discussion while enjoying box lunches in the Medical Education Center's small group classrooms.

The event was jointly coordinated by Barbara Frankowski, M.D., professor of pediatrics, Charlotte Reback, M.D., course director of Generations and associate professor of family medicine, Aaron Hurwitz from Medical Student Education and VUMS' McEnerny.

Generations is an seven-week course that organizes studies in reproduction and development including embryology, aging and death through lessons that integrate cell metabolism, endocrinology, normal and pathologic anatomy, pharmacology, physiology, pathophysiology, the physical examination and related interviewing, diagnostic testing and imaging. The course investigates relevant topics across the life cycle and examines variations in presentation of illness, metabolism and etiology across cultures and ages. In addition, four themes run longitudinally through the course, including those related to families and family dynamics, death and dying, disability, and sexuality and sexual health.

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