Open to mature 11th and 12th grade students
In this module students will explore many career options in medicine, such as radiology and pharmacology, and have the chance to talk to professionals in each career field. They will have the opportunity to work in the emergency room (ER), laboratory, and the operating room (OR). Students will also type their own blood in the laboratory, ultrasound a pregnant woman, experience an MRI test in radiology, and go to the Fairbanks Memorial Hospital operating room and learn to scrub, suture, and intubate. There will be a chance to explore a medivac fixed wing plane, ride an ambulance to the hospital and the opportunity for students to earn their CPR certification and Basic First Aid card. Additionally, students will "operate" on pig eyes, hearts and lungs, and will perform a physical exam on a reindeer at the UAF Reindeer Farm. They will also participate in a necropsy of a reindeer or musk ox, as well as visit several laboratories, including the State of Alaska Virology Lab.
If you are interested in any career in the health care field, this is the module for you!
Lori is a neo-natal intensive care unit (NICU) nurse at the Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. She created the Biomedicine module for ASRA, and has instructed it for many years. Lori teaches the Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) at the hospital. She was a Girl Scout leader for 13 years.
Courtney Nichols is a second year Ph.D. student in Barbara Taylor’s laboratory at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She graduated from UAF with a B.S. in Biology in 2011 and has experience working in various research laboratories studying evolution to physiology. Her thesis research includes exploring the role of insulin signaling and Alaskan botanicals on neuronal aging using the nematode, Caenorhabditis elegans as a model organism. Courtney is excited to be involved with ASRA for her first summer and to share her enthusiasm for scientific research and learning with high school students!