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Dublin City Schools and Ohio University Partner for Medical Academy

The Medical Academy is a four-day summer camp that enables central Ohio high school students to explore career opportunities in medicine and health (see https://youtu.be/SEvnEKo3zpk ). Now entering its seventh year, The Academy, offered at no cost to selected participants, provides students with engaging learning opportunities highlighting the ways science, math, technology, and the arts are realized in modern medicine and healthcare.

Central Ohio area high school students who attend the Medical Academy work alongside Heritage College faculty, medical students and healthcare professionals from a variety of disciplines as they navigate a series of interactive and engaging academic and clinical learning activities.  Presented in a multi-generational, multi-discipline, team-based approach to learning, the embedded STEM content materializes in a variety of clinical applications and hands-on activities (e.g., EKG, ultrasonography, laparoscopic simulations, etc.).   The program also promotes transferable skills with activities focused on developing critical thinking/problem solving skills, conceptual learning, emphasizing the importance of lifelong learning, and the behavior and professionalism needed to succeed in the educational pipeline leading to a career in health professions. Faculty and medical/physician assistant students from both the Heritage College and the College of Health Sciences and Professions are actively engaged in the program. 

High Schoolers

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Female

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Partnership: Ohio University and Dublin City Schools

Beginning in 2015, Roger Rabold and Timothy Cain have been collaborating on activities between the two institutions.  Initially, Roger brought his BioMedical Research students on a field trip to our campus for a day of medical activities.  With the inception of the Medical Academy, Roger has been a strong promotor of the program and every year we receive many Dublin City Schools participants.

This relationship expanded during the academic year 2018-19.  Our Medical Academy Scholars, two Osteopathic Medical students and one Physician Assistant Student proposed a year-round, quarterly medical/health curriculum where the professional students would spend one day a quarter on campus facilitating a series of activities to the BioMedical Research students.  Because of the success of this curriculum, during the 2019-2020 academic year, the next group of Medical Academy Scholar expanded on this relationship and developed an after-school program for Dublin BioMedical Research students.  The high school students participated in a series of engaging science activities and puzzles to “test” each activity to be used in a medical escape room.

Finally, in February 2021, this same group of scholars presented the virtual escape room to engage high school students in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) education using a virtual medium. This escape room termed a LOGIC (Learning at Ohio University through a Gaming and Immersive Collaborative) Laboratory challenges participants with a series of inter-connected STEM-related puzzles and mini-tasks where shared knowledge, communications, and teamwork are needed for success.  Over the course of two days in late February, 118 BioMedical Academy students (grades 10-12), divided into small groups of 5, participated in a virtual escape room experience facilitated by 29 Osteopathic Medical students.