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IND Students Attend Surgical Society’s Mini Med School Boot Camp

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On Saturday, April 20, eight Institute of Notre Dame students explored the wonderful world of medicine and minimally invasive surgery at SAGES Mini Med School Boot Camp.
On Saturday, April 20, eight IND students explored the wonderful world of medicine and minimally invasive surgery at SAGES Mini Med School Boot Camp.
 
SAGES stands for the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, a professional organization for surgeons that was holding its annual meeting in Baltimore. SAGES offered the Mini Med School Boot Camp for high school students promote interest and allay projected physician and surgeon shortages in the field.
 
“Applications and teacher support letters were required for participation,” said Dr. Peggy Gessler, a pediatrician and chair of IND’s Biomedical Sciences Program. “I am very excited that so many of our students were selected.” The six-hour program included topics such as “Putting Patients to Sleep for an Operation,” “Delivering Babies,” “Anatomy of the Abdomen and Chest” and “Robotics in MIS Surgery.”
 
“It was amazing,” said Lexi Hegeman ’16. “I had the opportunity to meet doctors and even get a feel for the advancement in medical technology. There was equipment there that I never thought I would see in person, let alone get my hands on! The people there were so encouraging in pursuing a career in medicine and you really felt a connection to them,” she continued.
 
For one IND student, the experience definitely stoked her curiosity. “Going into the program I had an interest in pursuing a career in medicine, said Alex Krall ’15, “but after the program, that little spark of interest turned into a flame.”
 
Participation in events like this is one way IND is helping to bolster student interest and achievement in STEM—science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Student proficiency in these subjects has been diminishing where the U.S. once excelled. IND strives to counter that trend by offering the biomedical sciences and engineering programs developed by the most highly respected developers of STEM curriculum: Project Lead the Way® (PLTW).
 
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