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STAR Students Arrived at Ochsner Yesterday!

(June 21, 2011) Sixteen high school students begin their intensive 5-week exploration of medicine and science yesterday at Ochsner. The STAR program officially kicked off on Monday, June 20.

STAR (Science-Technology-Academics-Research) is an intensive summer camp that offers the participants a glimpse of their future. STAR students will preview a variety of scientific activities they are likely to experience in college and possibly medical school, as well as receive in-depth exposure to the full spectrum of medical and scientific career opportunities available to them after they have completed their education.

Now in its sixth year, STAR continues to evolve to offer students rich and meaningful experiences. The 2011 program incorporates two significant enhancements.

This year’s STAR students will have a series of interactions with the Ochsner Clinical School (OCS)-University of Queensland (UQ) joint medical school. Recognizing that typically 75% of STAR students intend to pursue a medical career, the modified STAR program will permit multiple engagements with the first cohort of OCS-UQ students. In addition to presentations from the medical students and one-on-one discussions, Dr. Leonardo Seoane, Deputy Head of Curriculum, will lead a skills training session in which STAR students will learn suturing skills, blood pressure measurement, and how to insert IV lines into mannequins. Also, the OCS-UQ students have recently established a student society focused on community service. The society is currently developing a joint project with the STAR program.

Another significant difference is that this year, for the first time, the STAR program staff will include faculty from the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC). Dr. Paula Gregory of the Department of Genetics at LSUHSC will mentor/guide the STAR students in a multiphase genetics experiment to teach students about genetic variation in humans and its impact on medicine. At the conclusion of their research activities, the STAR students will prepare poster presentations to show the results of their work.

The next 5 weeks will be filled with activities and insights for these top-notch students. They will chart their experiences in a weekly newsletter that will be published at Academic Update.

Welcome to the STAR class of 2011!

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