Students from the Durham Nativity School recently participated in a hands-on workshop in the Surgical Education and Activities Lab (SEAL) as part of an educational outreach program from the Duke Department of Surgery. The Academic Success Through Surgical Education and Training (ASSET) program aims to foster high achievement in science through surgical education for financially disadvantaged students at the Nativity School. The Department of Surgery has partnered with the Nativity School in providing career mentorship and educational assistance to nurture the students’ intellectual curiosity and to prepare them for medical school, residency, and beyond.
On Monday, the students participated in the ASSET Spring 2017 hands-on activity at the SEAL. The students joined several workstations positioned throughout the lab where they practiced laparoscopy and bronchoscopy, completed exercises using the Da Vinci surgical system, performed CPR on models, and learned about anatomy, intubation, radiology, and respiratory conditions.
The activity leader was David Gordon, MD, Division of Emergency Medicine. The station leaders were Gayle DiLalla, MD, Division of Advanced Oncologic and Gastrointestinal Surgery, Sabino Zani, Jr, MD, Division of Advanced Oncologic and Gastrointestinal Surgery, Stephanie Eucker, MD, PhD, Division of Emergency Medicine, Traci Thoureen, MD, Division of Emergency Medicine, Elias Jaffa, MD, Division of Emergency Medicine, Erica Peethumnongsin, MD, PhD, Division of Emergency Medicine, Ariel Schulman, MD, Urology Fellow, Annalise Thomas, MD, Plastic Surgery Resident, and Babatunde Yerokun, MD, General Surgery Resident.
Thank you to the SEAL team, Mary Anderson, Rita Weber, Ellen Holbrook, and Ted Pappas for their help to coordinate the activity.