Two Attend Children's Hospital Symposium

Seniors Brian Beall and Josh Conner were selected by AP Biology teacher Amanda Ooten to attend the 20th annual Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center’s High School Science Symposium on Thursday, March 8. Students were accompanied by Meg Draeger, CJ STEMM coordinator, at the day-long event hosted at the hospital’s Albert B. Sabin Education Center.

“The purpose of the event is to enable outstanding high school juniors and seniors with an interest in health care and medicine to interact with and learn from professionals working to improve the outcomes for children today,” Draeger said.

She joined Brian and Josh as they toured the facilities and attended informational sessions on medical school and medical career paths. Career presentations covered topics including education requirements, job descriptions, and career opportunities in nursing; occupational and physical therapy; respiratory therapy and radiology technology; and psychology and genetic counseling.

“A small group tour took us to three Cytogenetics and Molecular Genetics labs and included viewing DNA through very sophisticated microscopes, learning about DNA analysis processes, and extracting DNA,” Draeger said.

“In the Dentistry Clinic—very critical to a children’s hospital—we learned about common birth defects such as cleft lip and palette, and various treatments. We also tried our hands at filling a cavity using real dental instruments and filling material!”

The highlight of the day, said Draeger, was working with Dr. Donald Gilbert, a pediatric neurologist. He led the group in brain demonstrations and lectured about voluntary movement disorders, such as Tourette’s Syndrome.

“All in all, it was a great experience. We hope to be invited again next year and take two new CJ students,” Draeger said.