From cadaver labs to guest speakers, almost 50 BG students are discovering what the world of medicine can offer.
Starting just last year, the Bishop Guilfoyle Pre-Med Club began after one student, Emily Yanoshak, who was planning to enter the medical field after graduation, approached an instructor about the need for a club to fit her needs, specifically, learning what she as a high school student needed to do to get into the medical field, from applying to medical school to connecting with medical professionals.
Since, the almost 50 participating students have enjoyed a variety of activities, from exploring a cadaver lab, to visiting the testing labs at Mount Aloysius. Local medical professional come to speak at BG about their careers as well. In addition, the club has an outreach component, with fundraisers for health-related organizations such as the American Heart Association and The Children’s Heart Foundation. The students also host Fun Fridays for pediatric oncology patients at the Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh.
“The feedback has been positive from both parents and students,” says BG science instructor Victoria Byrne. “It’s a very hands-on club that provides these students with real experiences. Students are being exposed to situations before starting college, and it's helping them to make decisions before they spend time and money on a major that doesn’t fit them.”
“Some of them realize maybe medicine isn’t for them, and some of them find that maybe they are more interested in becoming a lab tech instead of a nurse. Being a part of Pre-Med Club can open doors and opportunities for students that they didn’t know existed. It gives them a glimpse into what their daily lives will be like when we have local medical professionals come in. They learn the social aspects of how to talk to patients and their families.”
“It also teaches them the importance of giving back to the communities that they live in. We expose students to the world of medicine, give students a complete understanding of what medical professionals do, what medical school offers, and help them to decide if a medical profession is right for them.”