Author(s): CurranEverett D, Collins S, Hubert J, Pidick T
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Abstract The authors describe a partnership, begun in 1997, between Manual High School, a school in which about 85\% of the students are African, American or Hispanic, and the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver. There are three partnership goals: help teachers transform a lecture-based curriculum into an inquiry-based curriculum, help students build their science knowledge, and give students opportunities to learn--and become excited--about careers in medicine. The current emphasis of the partnership is at the ninth-grade level. The first unique aspect of the partnership is the Medical Explorers program. One portion of the program begins when a hypothetical teenage car-crash victim arrives at the emergency room; over the next six weeks, practicing health care professionals dramatize their medical responsibilities to this patient and discuss the academic training necessary to fulfill those responsibilities. In addition, the Medical Explorers students travel to the Health Sciences Center, where they tour laboratories and clinics, help conduct experiments, and explore computer-based surgical simulations. The second unique program is a service learning project in which ninth-grade students assist with an activity that gives elementary school students a chance to participate in the process of scientific inquiry and to discover the wonder of real hearts and lungs; the ninth-graders assist with logistics (e.g., they distribute newspapers), and, more important, interact with the younger students by asking thoughtful questions of them. The partnership plans to incorporate the elementary and middle schools that graduate their students to Manual High School in order to encourage the implementation of inquiry-based science curricula and to provide sustained support to teachers throughout the entire K-12 educational pathway. If medical colleges can help teachers provide a consistent classroom draw for student fascination in science and medicine, then the colleges are more likely to help create a rich diversity of students who pursue careers in medicine.
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