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Ferrum College Minds-N-Medicine Club Partners With High School EMT Class to Offer Students Rare Opportunity.


Franklin County High School students obtain hands-on anatomy and physiology experience.

Ferrum, Va.  (May 24, 2012) – Earlier this year the Ferrum College Minds-N-Medicine Club partnered with a Franklin County High School EMT class to offer high school students the rare opportunity to obtain hands-on anatomy and physiology experience during a cadaver lab at the College.

Ferrum College professors and club advisors Dr. Chris Aylesworth and Dr. Katie Jordan Goff worked with Franklin County Department of Public Safety EMT Instructor Eric Newman to facilitate the visit that gave the high school students exposure to the intricacies of the human body in an up-close way they would not otherwise see.

“I don’t know of any other EMT programs that are fortunate enough to have the cadaver lab experience that was so graciously provided by Dr. Aylesworth and Dr. Goff at Ferrum College,” said Newman. “It’s a greater opportunity than any video or in-class lecture would be able to offer. The labs can also inspire the students to further their education in healthcare or create curiosity in an area they once never considered.”

The chance to see and work with human cadavers is rare and none of the high school students had seen a cadaver before.  In fact, seeing and working with a cadaver is an uncommon experience for most undergraduates as well.

“Very few undergraduate institutions, especially small liberal arts institutions have any cadavers, much less five,” said Dr. Goff. “Additionally our students get the chance to not only see the cadavers, but do the dissections themselves. We often hear back from our graduates who are in post-baccalaureate health-related programs that they are one of a couple students, at most, in their class who has worked with a human cadaver.”

Dr. Goff asked the Minds-N-Medicine Club students to help show off the cadavers and do some teaching for the EMT class visit.  “I did this for two reasons,” explained Dr. Goff. “I wanted the high school students to be able to talk to real college students to find out what college was like, and I also believe that the Ferrum students benefited from an enhanced understanding of anatomy by having to teach it at an age-appropriate level.”

A paramedic, firefighter and EMT instructor for Franklin County, Newman has been teaching the EMT class for five years to high school students interested in emergency medical services or other healthcare related fields. The class is a dual enrollment program with Virginia Western Community College and each student who successfully completes the course can receive nine college credits.

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Pictured left to right: Kneeling: Wesley Garbin, Cameron Spencer, Brianna Dillon, Caitlyn Plunkett, Dillon Barley Standing: Trey Isaac, Jourdan Beasley, Travis Herdon, Kelsey Hodges, Elizabeth Duey, Kelsey Angell, Jonathan Jones, Danielle Beckner, Kenny Foley, Emily Price, Evan Hoynoski, Jacob Lott, Dr. Katie Jordan Goff