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Rolling Bones Returns to East Forsyth High
October 10, 2022 – After several years away, the Wake Forest University School of Medicine brought their Rolling Bones curriculum back to East Forsyth High School for a deeper look at the medical profession on Monday morning.
Classes that attended the unit got to cycle between six stations led by different medical professionals. The stations covered some of the more technical aspects of performing CPR, using an ultrasound machine, delivering a baby, and examining organs from cadavers. There was a lot of information that could benefit an aspiring paramedic or OBGYN, but there were also helpful lessons for any young person, such as the long-term impacts of different diet and exercise habits or the closely associated risks of smoking and vaping.
“By the time we get to around 25 to 30 years old, that’s about our physical peak,” said Anatomist Ken Long. “When you get to around 30 or 40, it’s a lot harder to start building a healthy foundation for yourself. It’s easier if they start now.”
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools scholars have ample opportunities to begin their medical education in their science classes, but Rolling Bones is a unique experience. Students get to work directly with supplies that medical professionals use, including real organs and sonography machines. They get a better sense of what working in a hospital is like, and that perspective can be extremely valuable for a high schooler making choices about what they want to study in college.
“In my experience, it usually either solidifies for them that they want to do it, it makes them decide to do something else, or it gets a kid who’s never thought about medicine to start thinking about it,” said Science Teacher Rick Jasso. “Either way, it’s clarifying.”
Many of the students who visited the program were already taking classes in anatomy, physiology, sports medicine, and other related fields. For them, getting to not only use more advanced tools than they’re used to but also speak with employees in the fields that they’re considering was an enriching way to spend the morning. These scholars could very well be the next generation of life-savers in Winston-Salem, and they felt better prepared for that future thanks to Rolling Bones.
“I was expecting that it would be kind of gross, but it was actually a really interesting sensation,” said Senior Kara Lenhart of the baby delivery simulation. “It’s definitely helpful to get more educated on what it will really be like.”
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