LVHN observers felt the students, all seniors who have expressed an interest in a medical career, were headed in the right direction.
“I was impressed with the students’ understanding of the needs for an emergency department. Items that might easily be overlooked were included in the plans for these critical spaces, such as storage, cleaning staff, social workers and clinical staffing levels,” says Silvoy. “These are items that most people take for granted, but are absolutely necessary to the care of our patients.”
Harrison says the students impressed her with their understanding of current emergency room issues, such as wait times and staffing challenges. “Despite not working in a health care environment yet, they seemed to have a good understanding of these challenges and applied that knowledge to their designs,” she says. “Overall, I think it’s great that they have the opportunity as high school students to take a class like this and participate in projects that have them think outside of the box. This is great exposure to the health care environment and will hopefully motivate some students to choose a health care career.”
“Connecting students participating in the Project Lead the Way biomedical sciences program with medical professionals at LVHN allows students to dive deeper into the curriculum learning about real-world problems. We are fortunate to have LVHN as a community partner,” says Bailey.
Andreucci says getting feedback from working professionals provides students with a unique and valuable perspective. “This kind of real-world experience is what helps students to see the bigger picture and creates authentic real-world learning,” he says.