WSU Spokane PLTW Biomedical Sciences program has a great Shadow Program for our PLTW students. The program provides college campus and workplace experiences for our regional high school students. Our goal is to better prepare high school students for their post-secondary education and career pathways. We do this by partnering PLTW junior & senior high school students with university students in Health Science and Allied Health programs during a typical day on campus. The campus experiences have all been very successful as measured by our PLTW students’ comments and surveys. The students especially appreciate having a university student ambassador partner with them to provide a more personal experience and be there to answer their questions.
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One of, if not the most popular experience we provide is at the WSU Anatomy labs on campus that is shared with University of Washington School of Medicine. On March 2, 2018, we provided 20 Project Lead the Way Biomedical Students from Rogers High School with the opportunity to learn about human anatomy from UWSOM first year medical students in their anatomy lab. The program was comprised of stations, each featuring a human organ. At each station, medical students taught the high school students basics about the anatomy and physiology of that organ, tested their understanding, and answered any questions they had. The medical students also served as mentors available to answer questions about the career pathway to medicine. This experience was particularly special for Rogers students, as many first year UWSOM medical students are regular volunteers in their biomedical sciences classes on Wednesday mornings and knew some of the high school students through this volunteer service. Every one of the Rogers students commented that the best part of the experience was not only seeing, touching and working with human organs, but also having the college students there to mentor them and allow them to ask questions about the medical field and what it’s like being a college student. Several students even commented that the experience convinced them they want to go into the medical field!