Amanda Hamende and Nicolette Ngov – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Many LRHS students seek summer programs that will keep them academically engaged.  Many of these programs target a specific area of interest such as science, math, and drama.

The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) Bradenton’s 2018 Medical Science Academy offers a two-week summer program for students interested in medicine.  Students will have the chance to participate in hands-on laboratory experiments and an opportunity to shadow health professionals.

Those in LRHS HOSA Future Health Professionals are especially interested in this program because many club competitive events involve health sciences.  Although HOSA students are targeted applicants, anyone interested should apply.

LRHS physical education teacher and HOSA adviser Carol Lidey said, “Roughly forty-eight students will get accepted from my knowledge. I hope students will get a real experience with the shadowing of doctors and developing problem-solving skills because they will be hands on. In past years, they did real life situations with students to develop a better understanding of anatomy and physiology.  They’re looking for premier high school kids.”

LRHS sophomore Kara Smith said, “I am very excited for this program and plan to participate in it this summer.  I want to be an occupational therapist or speech pathologist when I grow up, so this this an excellent opportunity for me to get my feet wet in the medical field.”

LRHS sophomore Cameron Willis added, “I want to be a psychologist in the future, so this will help me get familiar with patients and knowledge of anatomy.”

The program costs $275 to participate, which includes book rental, food, instruction, and incidental materials. Anyone interested should apply as soon as possible.

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