GEMS Middle School Students Explore Pathology Careers at Fletcher Allen

Target 4. Engaged Community Partners – FWSU staff and students will collaborate, innovate, create and conceptualize ideas and learning with local, regional, state, and global partners to make a difference in their community, state, and world.

Action Step – Engage community partners in a focused collaborative inquiry process.

Indicator of Success – Students are engaged with local resources and create community learning “labs” based on projects.

Just before the holiday break, GEMS Middle School students in Robert Ward’s class enjoyed a tour of the Pathology Department at Fletcher Allen. The goal of the field trip was to learn more about careers available in the field of health care. The students also made connections between their everyday work in class (microscope use, dissection, microbiology, biology of blood) and applications for real-life scenarios.

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Dr. Fung shows students type O blood and explains how the blood is given out to patients.

Students interacted with Dr. Fung (above), who runs the blood bank at the hospital.

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A student holds a bag of fresh plasma.

Students look at a sample of cancerous lung tissue under the ten headed teaching scope. Students learned how doctors work together to accurately diagnose diseases from cell samples.

Students look at a sample of cancerous lung tissue under the ten headed teaching scope. Students learned how doctors work together to accurately diagnose diseases from cell samples.

Here a student works on karyotyping a human cell. The student is matching chomosomes using computer technology.

Here a student works on karyotyping a human cell. The student is matching chromosomes using computer technology.

Here a student places a thinly sliced tissue sample onto a slide. These slides will be looked at later that day to diagnose a number of diseases. The students also saw a number of actual organs being cut apart and analyzed by doctors.

Here a student places a thinly sliced tissue sample onto a slide. These slides will be looked at later that day to diagnose a number of diseases. The students also saw a number of actual organs being cut apart and analyzed by doctors.

The students ended their day by talking to doctors in the hospital. Students discussed how their learning can shape their goals in the field of science and possibly a future career in medicine. 

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