May 29, 2008

Fifteen Students Chosen for Vanderbilt Medical Scholars’ Summer Program

15 high school students have been selected for Vanderbilt’s Young Scholars Medical Program.

15 high school students have been selected for Vanderbilt’s Young Scholars Medical Program, a three-week summer program that provides insight into an academic medical center including experiences such as participating in lab rotations and learning how to dress an open wound. “This program is designed to show students where education can take them, and gives them the opportunity to meet some of the nation’s top physicians, researchers, nurses and professors,” explained Sharon Billingsley, marketing coordinator for the program. “The experiential program has been designed to showcase VUMC’s team approach to medicine — teaching, research, clinical services, rehabilitation, prevention, biomedical technology, informatics and engineering.” Billingsley said the students would be required to keep a journal and make weekly entries and do online program evaluations. Students are also responsible for designing ways to incorporate what they learn into their school curriculums, as well as presenting their experiences to other schools. The program, which is in its second year, will be held from July 7 through 25. Students selected (and their schools) are: Harpeth Hall: Rohini Chakravarthy, Lena Bichell, Rosa Bichell, and Emily Hong; Hume Fogg: Ben Almassi, Rachel Cohen, and Parth Majmudar; Battleground Academy: Caroline Altshuler, Nick Jensen, Zach Marlette, Sydney McCarthy and Sheila Shanmugan; Ensworth High School: Wilson Laine; Merrol Hyde Magnet: Rachael Sarrett;Lycee Marie Curie School in Sceaux Cedex, France: Zoe Ghigo.