This summer, we brought students back in person with the annual FACES Summer Medical Academy. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we adapted our traditionally in-person program to a virtual experience. While this pandemic is not over, we know students are itching for hands-on learning and connecting with peers. And so, with their safety as our top priority, we created a 2-week hybrid experience, consisting of both in-person and virtual learning.
- The Health Academy: Preparing to Manage Crisis as a Health Professional – In this hybrid experience, students had hands-on experience with a wide variety of critical health skills including taking vital signs and suturing. By the end of the week, they obtained 4 professional certifications:
- Mental Health First Aid
- Basic Life Support
- Opioid Overdose Intervention
- Stop the Bleed
- Medical Mystery: Learning the Process of Diagnosis – Students spent a week solving the medical case of a 22 year old female suffering from undiagnosed medical and mental health conditions. Students solved her case by consulting with medical professionals including a psychiatrist, social worker, and physician. By deciphering clues on Elizabeth’s Instagram, email, and medical records – all four groups were able to solve her case and present a thorough treatment plan.
Here’s what FSMA students had to say about their time with us!
“FSMA did an amazing job of creating a fun, productive, and engaging learning environment! I was able to meet new people and create new connections, both with my peers and in connecting to resources and the professionals we met. It was beyond enjoyable!”
“FSMA was incredibly hands-on and engaging. The workshops and trainings were well-selected and very informative. It truly included a variety of health care fields, allowing me to explore different interests in areas I had not thought about much before. The staff and guest speakers were very friendly, kind, and helpful.”