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Wake Forest School of Medicine Welcomes Sisters in Science from WS/FCS

MuseumNovember 27, 2023 – The Wake Forest School of Medicine teamed up with Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools earlier this month to teach students with an interest in health sciences more about their post-secondary opportunities with the Sisters in Science program.

Sisters in Science is an annual program that partners WS/FCS students with medical professionals and scholars at the university to help them learn more about what studying and working in healthcare is like. Dozens of sophomores and juniors from 11 different WS/FCS high schools were selected this year, and while the event is an opportunity to promote female inclusion in STEM, this year’s iteration opened up slots for boys to attend as well as girls. The goal is to get as many students as possible with an interest in the medical field all of the information they need to commit to a direction once they graduate high school.

“Students are going to have better insight when you bring them to a new environment for a new experience,” said WS/FCS Director of K12 Science David DeLade. “They’re going to see what it’s like to be a real med student.”

Med Lab

Over the course of the five-hour program, visiting students participated in stations covering common medical practices like checking vital signs and performing ultrasounds. They toured exam rooms and got a better sense for the type of equipment that doctors and nurses use on a daily basis. For students who already have their minds on specialization, they were able to ask questions of their guides about what they could expect when they start medical school.

“They really dive into all of the specialties,” said 11th Grader Shanyi’a Gamble. “There’s a lot that you can do here.”

The collegiate experience was as central to the session as medicine. Students got to learn more about life on campus, best practices for effective studying, and what it’s like to participate in interviews. College is an opportunity-rich time in a young person’s life, and as important as the knowledge they’ll gain in class is, they’ll be most likely to thrive if they’re prepared to engage with campus culture.

Curiosity

“If I could go back and tell my younger self anything, I would say to take more of the opportunities that I had in college and be a little bit more social, because you don’t get that time back,” said Dr. Christine Ahn, a dermatologist and the keynote speaker for this year’s program.

Especially after the COVID-19 pandemic, the economy of the future depends on dedicated and well-educated medical professionals running our hospitals, research labs, and care facilities. The high school students devoting themselves to studying medicine today will be key leaders in their communities tomorrow. WS/FCS is proud to give them the resources they need to grow for the time in between.

“There’s a tremendous need for people to work in this field, especially post-COVID,” said North Forsyth High School Magnet Coordinator Meigan Milleson. “This is a good chance for our students to discover a career in the field very organically.”

Jake Browning
jbrowning2@wsfcs.k12.nc.us
(336) 727-8213 Ext. 70545