Teachers sharpen health science teaching skills at summer institute

WHAT: The Med Ed Teacher Institute: Building Educational Bridges into the Health Professions, a program replete with hands-on activities that can be effective for teaching, including a portable echocardiogram (ECG) machine to monitor the heart, tooth models and a dental cavity potential kit, the art of suturing on a suture practice arm, teaching how to administer shots on a simulator, DNA fingerprinting kits and a “Who Owns These Bones?” scientific investigation kit.

WHEN: Tuesday, July 29, and Wednesday, July 30 (an activity schedule is available)

WHERE: The Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Campus, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive in the South Texas Medical Center

WHO: Teachers from San Antonio and surrounding areas, Laredo and the Lower Rio Grande Valley are spending three days (Monday, July 28, is primarily a travel day) sharing ideas and participating in hands-on labs to increase the number of young people entering the health science professions. The summer institute is led by faculty and staff from each of the schools of the Health Science Center, covering medicine, dentistry, nursing, graduate biomedical sciences and allied health sciences.

NOTES: The Health Science Center Med Ed program, established in 1996, exists to interest young students in careers in the health sciences, including patient care and research. The Med Ed program is providing 33 science teachers with the chance to attend this inaugural Teacher Institute, including paying for transportation and room and board.

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is the leading research institution in South Texas and one of the major health sciences universities in the world. With an operating budget of $576 million, the Health Science Center is the chief catalyst for the $15.3 billion biosciences and health care sector in San Antonio’s economy. The Health Science Center has had an estimated $35 billion impact on the region since inception and has expanded to six campuses in San Antonio, Laredo, Harlingen and Edinburg. More than 23,000 graduates (physicians, dentists, nurses, scientists and allied health professionals) serve in their fields, including many in Texas. Health Science Center faculty are international leaders in cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, aging, stroke prevention, kidney disease, orthopaedics, research imaging, transplant surgery, psychiatry and clinical neurosciences, pain management, genetics, nursing, allied health, dentistry and many other fields. For more information, visit www.uthscsa.edu.

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