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Camp PathOLogical: An Innovative Summer School Program for High School Students Addressing Health Disparities, Social Determinants of Disease and Related Clinical/Translational Research

Published: September 12, 2013 | 10.15766/mep_2374-8265.9531

Included in this publication:

  • CO BMI for boys.pdf
  • CO BMI for girls.pdf
  • CPW Assessment FACULTY SURVEY.docx
  • CPW Assessment POST TEST.docx
  • CPW Assessment PRE TEST.docx
  • Camp PathOLogical Overview and Instructor's Guide.docx
  • Clinical Obesity.pptx
  • Endocrine System.pptx
  • FD Determinants of Health.docx
  • FD FIELD TRIP Community Health Indicators 1.docx
  • FD FIELD TRIP Community Health Indicators 2.docx
  • FD FIELD TRIP Groceries 1.doc
  • FD FIELD TRIP Groceries 2.doc
  • FD SDOH Optional Census data for step 7 KCK.docx
  • FD SDOH Optional Data set for mapping KCK.docx
  • FD SDOH Student Worksheet.docx
  • FD SDOH with instructors notes.pptx
  • Measuring Calories.docx
  • SIMS Health History.doc
  • SIMS VH-TEACHER Diabetic Ketoacidosis.doc
  • SIMS VH-TEACHER Diabetic Nephropathy.doc
  • SIMS VH-TEACHER Diabetic Neuropathy HTN.doc
  • SIMS VH-TEACHER Myocardial Infarction.doc
  • Snacks WORKSHEET.docx

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This resource provides the material necessary to implement a 5-week inquiry-based informal science education summer program focused on the enrichment, awareness, and literacy of biomedical and health sciences. The program is designed to increase high school students’ knowledge and interest in biomedical sciences and to increase postsecondary attendance for life science career choices. The program utilizes a combination of activities including problem-based learning, standardized patients, and dissection to teach the pathologic basis of disease and to demonstrate how this knowledge guides critical thinking required for diagnosis, management, and prognostication. This resource provides a novel approach to focusing on a health disparity issue that is highly prevalent in our students’ communities. Provided materials include the rationale and evidence used to develop the curriculum as well as implementation recommendations based on our teams experience with the content. The lesson plans are based on an informal science education program originally designed for underrepresented and underserved high school students; however, educators with non-minority students interested in implementing a health-related science, technology, engineering, and mathematics program will find these lessons useful.

Educational Objectives

By using this resource, educators will be able to:

  1. Increase participants’ knowledge of biomedical sciences.
  2. Increase participants’ interest in biomedical sciences.
  3. Increase postsecondary attendance for life science career choices.

Author Information

  • Julie Broski, MAEd: University of Kansas Medical Center
  • Marcia Pomeroy: University of Kansas
  • Cecil Christwell: University of Kansas
  • Reginald Fears: University of Kansas
  • Liz Hicks: Kansas City Kansas Community College
  • Keith Johnson: University of Kansas
  • Patricia Thomas: University of Kansas School of Medicine

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Broski J, Pomeroy M, Christwell C, et al. Camp pathological: an innovative summer school program for high school students addressing health disparities, social determinants of disease and related clinical/translational research. MedEdPORTAL. 2013;9:9531. https://doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.9531