Dallas, Luzerne County — Some sixth through eighth graders assumed the role of medical examiners at Misericordia University. They used an innovative learning tool called the Anatomage virtual dissection table. It gives them a 3D look inside the human body. “It was cool because you can see all the different types of the body in all one part,” said 11-year-old Gracie Huntington of Dallas.
The 3D look at the human body is all part of Misericorida University’s inaugural Health Sciences Interprofessional Middle School Career Camp. “The intent is to get students engaged and interested in all different kinds of health professions… perhaps help them in the future decide what they want to do when they grow up,” said Misericordia University Dean of Health Sciences Leamor Kahanov.
13-year-old Calista Walk, a student in the Greater Nanticoke Area School District, already figured that out. “I want to be a cardiothoracic surgeon when I’m older.” By using the Anatomage, she and other campers got a really good look at all of the virtual body parts spread out on the table. “Being able to experience it is very different than reading it in a book. It’s very… it’s much more interesting,” said Ms. Walk.
Some Misericordia Health Sciences majors signed up to assist with the camp that gives 21st century middle schoolers an edge over their predecessors. “I feel like when I was in middle school I knew about doctors and nurses. Well, now they’re learning about oh I can be an x-ray technologist, I can be a speech language pathologist, physical therapist or occupational therapist,” said Misericordia University Junior Ben Becker.
Wherever their career paths may take them, this unique camp is something the participating middle school students are unlikely to forget. “I’m really passionate about this stuff so I can’t help but just tell everybody,” said Ms. Walk.