December 19, 2013
Professors Weber and Tedesco Engage Students in Clinical ExperiencesProfessors Joe Weber and Dr. Johnathan Tedesco, faculty advisors for the Lake Erie College (LEC) Pre-Med club, are working to expose students to a wide range of clinical experiences to help prepare them for a variety of medical careers. Students have expressed interest in becoming physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, physical and occupational therapists and many other fields in medicine.
Having forged strong relationships with University Hospitals (UH) and many other healthcare providers in the area, LEC is offering pre-med students the opportunity to have early clinical experiences and prepare them for the field of medicine. Planned activities include tumor board, cancer conferences, medical school admissions counselors, first responder training, MCAT preparation, CPR training, EMT ride-a-long, and many other activities.
"Our Pre-Med club is cutting-edge in that it provides our students with solid experience in the medical field, such as live surgical feeds and site visits to medical facilities. We are also proud that since 2007 we have had a 100% placement rate in doctoral programs," said President Michael T. Victor.
Activities such as tumor board give students the opportunity to understand complex medical cases and the many issues surrounding patient care. From a sciences perspective, students are exposed to various aspects of biology, chemistry, genetics, psychiatric, and social sciences. What students learn in the classroom experience is reinforced in early clinical experiences. For example, in a biology course students learn about DNA mutations and the effects on cancer. When attending tumor board, students then realize the significance of DNA mutations as well as medications that are targeted against cancer and the cellular and molecular basis of the disease and the intervention.
"Watching students experience these "ah ha moments" is thrilling. It's exciting to see how these early clinical experiences reinforce the didactic training students gain at the college. LEC provides a solid foundation for our sciences programs and then enhances this education by providing our students to world class medical experiences in institutions such as UH," said Weber.