SC CURE Achievement Ceremony - Group Photo 5-31-2017

Burke HS Students Benefit from MUSC Grant to Increase Underrepresented Students in Medical Professions

Photo above: SC CURE scholars are presented with certificates at the End of Term Ceremony at Burke High School for completion of Part I of the SC CURE Spring course, which focused on Cancer Biology and Cancer Epidemiology.

Dr. Marvella Ford and Dr. Dennis Watson, and their team at the Medical University of South Carolina Hollings Cancer Center, have been working hard on an important project in direct benefit to students interested in medical careers in Dr. Michael Goler’s Health Science program at Burke High School.

The project is called: South Carolina Continuing Umbrella of Research Experience (SC CURE) Program for Underrepresented High School Students

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SC CURE scholar Ms. Christen (Samone) Carter learns clinical skills in the MUSC Simulation Lab during the SC CURE “A Day in the Life of a Medical Student’ event, co- sponsored by the MUSC College of Medicine.

Dr. Ford provided the following original plan for the deployment of the SC CURE program, and the selection of the scholars that would participate, in cooperation with many stakeholders – thankfully the student have completed the first year, and the second year of the program is presently progressing as planned in cooperation with Dr. Goler and others in the Burke HS faculty.

THE PLAN BELOW IS NOW IN YEAR TWO!

Aim 1. Deliver an annual 18-week cancer-focused course at Burke High School taught by MUSC-HCC scientists. Part I, Year 1 of the course will focus on general principles related to cancer biology and epidemiology. Part II, Year 2 will focus on cancer disparities and the social and biological contributors to these disparities as well as the research underway to address them.

  • Part I/Year 1 of the course will begin in January 2017 and will cover general cancer biology and epidemiology principles building and applying the Scholars’ knowledge from their basic biology and/or chemistry course experience at Burke High School.
    • Part I of the course will be developed during the Fall of 2016 by Dr. Watson working with MUSC-HCC faculty as well as with Burke High School science teachers. This will be essential to ensure South Carolina educational core competencies are met by the course.
  • Part II/Year 2 of the course will begin in January 2018 with a focus on cancer disparities and the social and biological contributors to these disparities as well as the research underway to address them.

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    SC CURE scholar Ms. Raven Rivers learns clinical skills in the MUSC Simulation Lab during the SC CURE “A Day in the Life of a Medical Student” event, co-sponsored by the MUSC College of Medicine Dean’s Office.

Part II of the course will be developed by Dr. Ford and MUSC-HCC faculty and will be a modification of an existing Cancer Health Equity Research Course that has been developed for the NCI R25E targeted for undergraduate students.

  • Scholars participating in these 18-week/two semester courses will receive didactic instruction at Burke High School, ninety minutes per day, from MUSC-HCC cancer researchers, who collectively will present interdisciplinary perspectives on state-of-the-art cancer science.
    • The course will include quizzes, examinations, oral presentations, group laboratory projects, and a capstone paper each semester.
    • Each Scholar will receive at least 15 MUSC college credits for successfully completing both courses.

Aim 2. Conduct a seven-week, hands-on research project experience in an MUSC-HCC laboratory or research setting during two consecutive summers.

  • Twenty rising sophomores and juniors from Burke High School will be competitively selected to participate in the seven-week SC CURE summer research experience which will take place over two consecutive summers.
    • The purpose of the SC CURE summer research component is two-fold:
      1) to expose and inform SC CURE Scholars about the many career options in biomedical sciences and the education paths to realizing these careers; and
      2) to convey MUSC-HCC’s commitment to apply science/research to address cancer and cancer disparities in the state.

Aim 3. Offer enrichment activities throughout the two-year SC CURE Program tailored to stimulate the interest of Burke High School students in pursuing a biomedical research career.

  • Spring Break Year 01 (Day in the Life). During spring break, the SC CURE Scholars will spend one day touring the MUSC hospital and research facilities and meeting with underrepresented graduate students from MUSC’s Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Dental, Health Professions, Pharmacy, and Cancer Biology/Graduate programs. Topics of discussion will include a day-in-the-life of an MUSC student, steps to take in high school and college, the college and medical/graduate school application process, etc.
  • The SC CURE Scholars will be divided into small groups of five and given the opportunity to spend an afternoon meeting with MUSC-HCC faculty scientists (physician scientists, population scientists, or laboratory scientists) in their laboratories or research settings with the goal of identifying their mentors for the summer research experience.
  • Examples of small-group experiences might include:
    • 1) meeting with an MD/PhD radiation oncologist and touring the state-of-the-art radiation therapy facilities where he treats lung and GI cancer patients and then visiting his laboratory where he is conducting research on the impact of smoking on cancer treatment outcomes;
    • 2) visiting the MUSC-HCC Genomics Shared Resource to observe researchers performing genomic profiles of patients and then meeting with a multidisciplinary faculty team that includes a bioinformatics specialist, laboratory researcher, and clinician to learn how these genomic profiles are driving the delivery of personalized medicine; and 3) meeting a biochemist who is working on the development of a new compound discovered in the Antarctic Ocean for the treatment of cancer using animal models and advanced imaging technology.
  • Cultural Enrichment Activity. As part of SC CURE program, each Scholar will also participate in a cultural enrichment experience at the Penn Center in historic Beaufort, SC, a Sea Island community. During the Scholars’ spring break in Year 2, Dr. Ford will coordinate this field trip, paid for by MUSC-HCC, and she will moderate a health-related dialogue between the students and residents of this Sea Island community. The mission of the Penn Center is to promote and preserve the history and culture of the Sea Islands.

Initial Program Participants

  • Sophomore and junior-level Burke High School Students
  • To apply, students must demonstrate an interest in pursuing a biomedical science career and have a minimum 2.5 grade point average.
  • The SC CURE student application will include:
    • 1) a brief written statement expressing their interests in biomedical research and/or cancer research;
    • 2) two letters of recommendation from teachers at Burke High School with at least one from a science course teacher; and
    • 3) copy of previous semester report card.
  • Ford and Watson and the Principal will assess each applicant based on these materials to determine the top candidates, including a wait list in the case of dropouts. If an additional level of review is required, SC CURE Program leaders will conduct interviews to make the final selections.
  • Based on this process, a cohort of 20 Scholars will be chosen to participate in the two-year SC CURE Program. It is expected that selected Scholars will commit to the entire two years. In the case of a dropout, students from the wait list will be invited to join the Program.

 

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Medical University of South Carolina Hosts Summer Healthcare Career Camp

For the 4th summer in a row, local health care professionals from the MUSC School of Nursing hosted rising seniors on track to be CTE Completers in Health Science from schools throughout Charleston County School District for an interactive career camp.

The 3 day MUSC Summer Healthcare Camp provided an introduction to various health sciences professions through the use of interactive presentations, hands‐on skills lab opportunities, and exposure to the healthcare environment.

Check out these pictures of the students during the camp and at their closing ceremony:

Thanks to everyone that made the camp possible for students again this summer!

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Students Thriving in School of the Arts Internships Program

15 students from Charleston County School of the Arts are working in work-based learning internships aligned with their career interests. Each student works a minimum of 120 hours and turns in a weekly journal on their experiences along with other assignments to to their Teacher of Record Ms.Cherie Godwin.

Special thanks to Mr. Bill Smyth, a recently retired teacher at School of the Arts, for continuing to facilitate the internship program he helped establish at the school.

On the value of the internship program at SOA, Smyth said, “I wish all students this age had an internship. I think it would make the world of difference in their lives. School subjects would be more meaningful. Students would begin to focus on a career path. Students would get practical experience in work they’re interested in.”

Companies hosting SOA student interns this year include:

9th Circuit Solicitor’s Office
Ascue’s Auto Body and Paint Shop
Charleston City Paper
Charleston Community Sailing
Charleston Museum
Charleston Symphony Orchestra
City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs
Creative Edge Dance Center
Gibbes Museum of Art
MUSC Nursing
MUSC Pharmaceutical Research
MUSC Radiology Dept.
MUSC Regenerative Medicine
Post and Courier
Roper St. Francis Hospital West Ashley

Thanks to all the host companies, the students and their families, and the wonderful faculty at Charleston County School of the Arts for supporting this terrific work-based learning program!

 

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Over 2000 Students Attend 2nd Annual High School STEM Career Fair

2016 STEM Career Fair BannerNorth Charleston, SC – October 27, 2016 – Over 50 companies from throughout the Charleston region set up interactive exposition style booths for the 2nd annual High School STEM Career Fair hosted by the N. Charleston Convention Center.

Special thanks to all the sponsors that made this year’s event possible, especially the presenting sponsor Charleston Regional Business Journal.

Over 2000 students from schools in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties arrived from 8:30 to 1:30 for a chance to connect with the local companies they might find themselves working with, in the not too distant future, after graduation.

Each student received a bag when they entered the fair. Students also received a bottled water supplied by Kickin’ Chicken and a bag of chips supplied by Charleston Defense Contractors Association. Exhibitors’ and volunteers’ luncheons came from Kickin’ Chicken and delicious coffee was provided by Coastal Coffee Roasters.

Participating schools included:

Ashley Ridge High School
Baptist Hill Middle High School
Berkeley High School
Berkeley Middle College
Cane Bay High School
Charleston Charter School for Math & Science
Cross High School
Dorchester County Career & Technology Center
Fort Dorchester High School
Fort Johnson Middle School
Garrett Academy of Technology
Goose Creek High School
Hanahan High School
Haut Gap Middle School
James Island Charter High School
Lowcountry Christian Home Educators Association
North Charleston High School
R B Stall High School
St. John’s High School
Stratford High School
Summerville High School
Timberland High School
Wando High School
West Ashley High
Woodland High School

Participating business included:

ACE Mentors of Greater Charleston
ASHRAE
Atlatl Software
Banks Construction
Berkeley Electric Cooperative
BiblioLabs
Blackbaud
Boeing South Carolina
Briteline Extrusions, Inc.
Cane Bay HS Robotics Team 3940
Charleston County Government
Charleston Southern University
Charleston STEM Festival
Choate Construction Company
CodeLynx LLC
College of Charleston Computer Science Dept
Davis & Floyd
DWG Engineering
ECPI University
The Foot Institute
Hendrick Automotive Group Charleston / North Charleston
Immedion
Iron Yard
Knight’s Companies
Low Country Hypnosis
LowCountry Women’s Specialists
Maga Design Group
MAHLE Behr Charleston
Mercedes-Benz Vans
MUSC College of Graduate Studies
netGALAXY Studios
North Charleston Police Department
Nucor Steel Berkeley
Patriot’s Point Naval and Maritime Museum
Robert Bosch – Charleston
Santee Cooper
SC Society of Professional Land Surveyors
SCRA
South Carolina Aquarium
SPAWAR
STEM Premier
STEM Visions
Streit USA Armoring
Teachers’ Supply Closet
Trident Technical College – Cybersecurity Education
Trident Technical College – Workforce Academies
Vencore, Inc
Verizon Customer Support Center
Victory Solutions, Inc
Volvo Car US Operations
West Ashley High School Robotics Team

Thanks to everyone that made this wonderful event possible for the students in our community!

 

 

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MUSC Hosts Summer Nursing Career Camp for CCSD Health Science Majors

musc_logo_cwpThanks to all the terrific professionals at MUSC, especially the wonderful folks at the College of Nursing, for investing their time and talents in 14 rising seniors from Health Science programs throughout Charleston County School District.

CCSD Schools with students participating in this summer career camp included Baptist Hill MHS, Charleston Charter Math and Science, James Island CHS, West Ashley HS, and Wando HS.

Here are some pictures from the career camp:

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MUSC Hosts Campus Visit and Career Fair for Lowcountry High School Students

Charleston, SC – March 4, 2016 – Hundreds of students from throughout the Charleston region were invited to visit the Medical University of South Carolina for an event called “Discover MUSC – from Classroom to Career”.

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The students were treated to an opening informational session, a large career fair with interactive exhibits and professionals from well known and lesser known components of MUSC’s “city within a city.”

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“My students loved the hands-on opportunities to see things like a real human brain and spinal cord, and my students also enjoyed learning about the diverse range of non-medical professions MUSC needs to serve our community,” said Lucia Watson, Health Science Instructor a Garrett Academy of Technology.

Participating CCSD schools included:

  • Wando HS
  • West Ashley HS
  • Lincoln MHS
  • Garrett Academy of Technology
  • Burke HS

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After the career fair held in the MUSC Wellness Center gym, the students were split into small groups with an MUSC student guide and treated to a campus tour followed by a lunch and learn session with leading physicians. One presentation was on modern dentistry and the amazing tools and software used at MUSC to create same day crowns and veneers. Another presentation was on the fast growing field of tele-medicine, providing healthcare remotely in real-time.

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To conclude the terrific day of experiential learning, students participated in a wrap-up session and had the chance to win prize packages full of MUSC swag.

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The day was truly an ideal experience for students considering a profession in health care and the many other supporting career pathways at MUSC.

Thanks to the many generous professionals at MUSC for investing their time in local students, and thanks to the Metro Chamber of Commerce Regional Health Advisory Board for Career Academies for their important role in facilitating the event.

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Charleston School of the Arts Students Complete Fall Internships

Mr. Bill Smyth gets to lead a very special class each semester at the Charleston County School of the Arts where students are connected with local business for internships.

His students are required to keep a weekly journal of their internship experiences, turn in time sheets detailing their hours worked, and have a supervisor review meeting at the end of the term. The students must also complete any specific assignments from their work site supervisor.

At the end of the internship, each student’s body of work is graded for an elective course grade on their transcript.

Special thanks to the following SOA internship hosts for the fall semester:

  • Medical University of South Carolina
  • Roper St. Francis Hospital
  • Charleston Museum
  • Charleston County Solicitor’s Office
  • Center for Birds of Prey
  • Hybrid Audio Solutions
  • You42 / Kiz Studios
  • Shear Reflections
  • North Charleston Creative Arts Elementary School
  • St. Andrew’s Math and Science Elementary School
  • Reinvented Ladies Upscale Resale
  • Charleston County Parks and Recreation
  • The Post and Courier
  • Hoppmann Creative

Thanks to each of these local organizations for their investment in SOA students!

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14 CCSD Students Enjoy Hands-on Learning at MUSC’s Summer Nursing Career Camp

musc_logo_cwpThe Medical University of South Carolina hosted 14 CCSD students from June 24-26 for an interactive work-based learning experience.

The MUSC Nursing Career Camp allows health science CTE majors to interact with medical professionals and “learn by doing” in the university’s simulation lab.

Students from the following schools participated: West Ashley HS, Wando HS, R. B. Stall HS, Garrett Academy, and Academic Magnet HS.

Thanks to all the MUSC professionals that invested their time and talent in this program –  In no time, these students will be applying for health care related positions throughout Charleston, and beyond.

Read more about this annual nursing career camp in this week’s issue of The Catalyst, MUSC’s campus newspaper.

Thank you to MUSC for sharing these excellent pictures captured during the camp >