Online Program

A medical school and elementary school partnership: Bringing medical education innovations to the local context of the elementary classroom

Monday, November 4, 2013

Aaron Hultgren, MD, MPH, MAT, Emergency Medicine Department, Bellevue Hospital Center, New York, NY
Neel Naik, MD, Emergency Medicine Department, New York University Langone Medical Center, New York, NY
Alexandra Grino, MD, Emergency Medicine Department, New York University Langone Medical Center, New York, NY
Olabiyi Akala, MD, Emergency Medicine Department, New York University Langone Medical Center, New York, NY
Christopher Wang, College of Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
Khalil Marie, School of Medicine, New York University, New York, NY
Background:The Mini-Medical School for Elementary Kids is a partnership between Public School 4 and the New York University Langone Medical Emergency Medicine Department. The program involves four 5th grade classrooms (100 students) including an ESL (English as a Second Language) classroom. The use of technology and medical simulation are important modalities used in undergraduate and graduate medical education. Collaboration between emergency physicians and elementary educators resulted in hands-on learning activities that incorporated iPad technology and low fidelity simulation within the context of the elementary classroom. Purpose: The program introduces 5th graders to medicine and reinforces health literacy through hands-on and innovative health lessons in the classroom. Significance: Promoting health literacy and introducing the medical field to elementary students can be done using transferable innovations from the medical education curriculum. This can be achieved through an academic and public school partnership. Methodology: Lessons included nutrition and healthy choices, the cardiovascular system, the pulmonary system, the nervous system, and the musculoskeletal system. The activities involved observation and measurement skills, critical thinking, and physical diagnosis techniques (auscultation and neurological assessment). The project (not sure this is the correct term) culminated in low fidelity simulation session in which students participated in a simulated operation using low-budget materials. Conclusions and Recommendations: Extending medical schools' reach into elementary classrooms using iPad technology and low fidelity simulation provides the opportunity to reach and engage students from underrepresented backgrounds to promote health literacy and the medical profession.

Learning Areas:

Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
Describe how technology and simulation can be used in classrooms to enhance public health education and health literacy. Discuss 3 of the challenges in developing university and elementary school partnerships

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Medical professional with a leadership role in an Emergency Medicine Residency Program who has been heavily involved in the education of Medical Students, Residents and other medical professionals including the development and implementation of a simulation curriculum to teach key health care concepts.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.