Reaching the future by studying the past
How do we get students excited about science and medicine? How do we get them to see the value of humanities? Through the facilitation of the Educational Service Center of Northeast Ohio, the Medical Muse program brought Maple Heights seventh graders to the Dittrick Museum for a full day featuring germ theory, public health, anatomy, and trips to the photo studio and rare book collection. Tours explains just how much technology relies on the arts, humanities, and social sciences for the design and implementation of medical innovation, but we also introduced students to the unique processes by which these medical exhibits are themselves made. Finally, the program connected high school students to college students through the medical library, and these connections continued into their eighth grade year. Connections like these help young people see their role as stakeholders in their own health, and help them imagine new futures.
How do we bring history to life? In my tour program, students become ‘actors,’ recreating scenes of medical history by pretending to be doctors, or patients, or other characters in the history of germ theory, anatomy, and more. We laugh, we play, and we lunch. Giving students a fully immersed experience, from seeing artifacts to ‘becoming’ important figures of history, allows them to imagine new futures for themselves, and so for all of us.
Reaching students from socioeconomic backgrounds to promote health and to help them see their own role in the future of science and medicine
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