by Cindy Abole
Claflin University junior Neema Hooker sat in Baruch Auditorium
listening with interest to Pathology and Laboratory Medicine professor
Debra Hazen-Martin, Ph.D., as she described the anatomy and biology of
the human breast and the stages related to breast cancer development.
Hooker was among 85 undergraduate students and their parents who
participated in this lecture and several other presentations made by
medical school faculty as part of MUSC’s 2nd annual Mini Medical School
held April 16-17 on campus.
“This was a great opportunity to learn,” said Hooker, who is majoring
in biochemistry and considering medical school. “Sitting in on
the lectures, learning about the integrated curriculum and
hearing first-hand advice and strategies from students was a valuable
experience for me.”
students and parents attend MUSC Mini Med School
April 16 - 17.
The spring event, sponsored by the Center for
Academic Excellence (CAE) and College of Medicine (COM), was part of a
program of lectures and presentations targeted at college-level juniors
and seniors who are interested in a career in medicine. The program
oriented students to preclinical medicine featuring a new integrated
learning curriculum. Students listened to real medical school lectures
taught in systems and themes or blocks. They also heard from faculty
speakers, watched demonstrations and learned details from a panel of
medical students who each related their experiences and shared
suggestions for success.
Hooker was accompanied by her father, Glenn C. Hooker, M.D., an
Orangeburg psychiatrist, who also enjoyed the experience. A
graduate of the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey,
Hooker was curious about the curriculum changes in comparison to the
traditional curriculum that he followed, as well as the use of
technology and computer-based activities in learning.
Featured lectures included a study on immunization and the prevention
of infectious diseases, anatomy of medicine, interprofessional
learning, the scope of simulation training in health care and clinical
evaluation, student life and a “day in the life of a medical student”
presentations, advice about admissions strategies and academic support.
The event ended with a campus tour.
Hazen-Martin, who also is COM associate dean of curriculum integration
and Gabe Virella, M.D., Ph.D., professor of microbiology and
immunology, gave modified versions of course lectures as presented to
Donna Kern, M.D., assistant dean for patient safety and associate
professor in medicine, reviewed details about the college’s integrated
learning approach and lectured on the cardiorespiratory system. Kern
reviewed the first-year, pre-clinical curriculum, which features
a half-day of lectures focused on studying systems of the body in three
subject blocks. The rest of the day is devoted to more hands-on patient
care activities, where students learn in teams. They review physical
diagnosis, patient interviewing, critical thinking and behavioral
science. Teams also can study in the new MUSC Simulation Center,
complete a self-directed study or work with the Senior Mentors program,
an experience that introduces students to senior partners in the
community and geriatric medicine.
“Today’s health care focuses on patient safety and teaching our
students early enough to prevent medical errors while in training,”
said Kern. “Understanding patients in life is the forefront of being a
To conclude the program, Chris Pellic, M.D., COM associate dean of
students, reviewed an educational map about challenges relating to
medical school, residency training and careers in medicine. COM
admissions director Wanda Taylor spoke to students about admissions
strategies and gave advice for applicants, while Jeff Wong, M.D., COM
senior associate dean for medical education, summarized the program’s
activities and events.
The two-day event was created by Jennifer Schnellmann, Ph.D., assistant
professor and director of the Office of Scientific Editing and
Publications, and the CAE and Writing Center team.
Friday, April 30, 2010