DO Students Mentor High School StudentsApril 16, 2015
For the past year, several DO students at PCOM have been participating in Health Career
Academy (HCA), a mentoring program designed to promote an interest in health careers
among high school students.
This year, more than 30 PCOM students visited local high schools to teach concepts
related to emergency medicine and community health. They discussed ER cases with 10th graders;
held interactive activities on topics such as spinal cord injury, hypertension and
cancer with 11th graders; and helped train 12th graders to become health ambassadors
within their communities, educating others about health and wellness issues.
Health Care Academy was founded by Barry Mann, MD, chief academic officer at Main
Line Health, and has chapters at several local medical schools. It is offered to students
in 10th-12th grades from schools that do not have the technology or staff to provide
science programs. The goal is to provide those resources to students so that any interest
in health and medicine can be nurtured and encouraged.
PCOM co-chairs Odessa Pulido (DO ’17), Julie Qiu (DO ’17) and Michaela Seigo (DO ’17)
brought the program to the College last year, after Dr. Mann gave a presentation on
campus about HCA. Ms. Pulido said she was so inspired after his talk that she spoke
to Ms. Qiu and Ms. Seigo about involving other PCOM students as mentors.
“The response from our current mentors was amazing,” says Ms. Pulido. “We successfully
[worked with] 10th grade students at Overbrook High School and helped them with their
final presentation at Lankenau Medical Center, and we also started working with 10th graders
at West Catholic Prep. The PCOM branch of Health Care Academy is now an integral part
of the Mainline HCA network.”
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