Most high school students are exposed to history, biology and algebra classes, but a fortunate group of students from Lexington's Bryan Station High School (BSHS) had the unique opportunity during the past year to examine gross specimens in a pathology lab, tour hospital testing laboratories, attend medical lectures and even take part in an intensive care unit (ICU) simulation training, among other activities that are part of the curriculum for University of Kentucky medical students.
Four BSHS students were chosen by their school educators to participate in a health sciences mentoring program for economically disadvantaged but ambitious African American students. The program was developed by University of Kentucky undergraduate student Kevin Landwehr under the mentorship of assistant professor and Gill Heart Institute faculty member Dr. Michael Winkler, with support from the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine.
The BSHS students have participated in a large variety of activities such as human subjects researcher training, HIPAA training and certification and library science training (through the medical library). They also attended a life sciences entrepreneurship lecture via telecast from Rice University, toured and had lectures on hospital testing... FULL STORY