Adam Groves of Prineville, attended the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine (NYLF/MED) from July 26 through August 4 in Atlanta, Georgia. Having demonstrated academic achievement and an interest in a career related to science and health, Groves joined more than 360 outstanding high school juniors and seniors from across the United States at the Forum.
>Crook County youth returns from Atlanta, Georgia where he attended a leadership forum on medicine
Students learned first-hand about medical ethics, the global effects of infectious disease, genetic research, public health and many other subject relevant to the field.
"It's never too early in a young person's life to start exploring which career to pursue," said Donna Weldin, executive director of the NYLF. "That's why the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine provides some of the essential resources for these individuals to determine where, inside the medical universe, they wish to land. This program offers students like Adam Groves a chance to complement their classroom experience thereby enhancing their current knowledge and often providing the vital first steps to becoming a medical professional."
Groves, a senior at Crook County high school this year, was exposed to everything from pediatrics to HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment. According to Groves, the highlight of the trip was the on-site visit to a hospital.
Throughout the program, Groves and fellow students experienced problem-based learning in a series of intense and stimulating simulations, many exercises of which are faced by students in medical school. NYLF/MED culminated in the Public Health Symposium, in which students developed programs to directly impact their communities on the issues of adolescent health, health care for the elderly and chronic disease, among others. The goal of the exercise was to encourage the students to develop and implement programs that address concerns on the public health issues in their communities.
The tour started with a visit to radiology and the Emergency Room. Students were treated to a tour and the staff explained to them their daily routines and told them of some of the cases they have to deal with on a day-to-day basis.
Then it was on to the CAT Scan area where a 20-year-old patient was being examined. The patient over-dosed earlier on prescription medicine.
Groves watched as they did the scan and then the test results were explained to him. The patient, the doctors explained, had been admitted five times previously with overdoses.
The staff did not feel the young man would make it this time. He had minimal brain activity left. "It was interesting to watch their emotions," Groves said. "They didn't really seem to have any, because they had seen the patient so many times and felt that they had done the best they could for him under the circumstances."
Then it was on to tour the Nuclear Radiation department. The physicians injected patients with nuclear medicine in order to find fractures.
After that, it was on to the Operating Room. Here Groves watched an exploratory surgery in which physicians were trying to locate the source of internal bleeding that the patient was experiencing. "This was probably the most interesting part of the tour for me," Groves said.
Dr. Neil Schulman, associate professor at Emory University School of Medicine - the real Doc Hollywood, author and main character of the so-named book and movie - set the tone for NYLF/MED. "Medicine is for everyone to understand," he said.
Not only did students visit these renowned places, they also interacted with doctors, nurses, scientists and professors to gather a greater understanding of medical history, standards and trends. For additional information visit their website at www.nylf.org.