Georgian Court to Offer ‘Mini-Medical School’ for Local High School Students

Jan 30, 2019

Right now, Southern Regional High School students are enjoying a lecture series aimed at giving them valuable insights into the medical field and what it takes to become a medical professional as they speed along the road toward college.

Starting Monday, Feb. 25, high schoolers throughout Ocean and Monmouth counties will have a similar opportunity at Georgian Court University, as it is set to offer a “Mini-Medical School” program for six weeks. Like Southern, Georgian Court is partnering with professionals from the Hackensack Meridian Health group, with Dr. David Kountz leading the effort alongside Mary Chinery, GCU’s dean of arts and sciences.

“The goals of the program are the same as what we have in place at Southern Regional High School,” Kountz said. “We will be educating students regarding the opportunities in healthcare, helping them better prepare in high school for a profession like medicine, understanding that healthcare is a service profession and what they can do at this stage of their lives regarding volunteering.”

Kountz will be the primary speaker on Feb. 25 to discuss the ins and outs of getting into medical school after college – a session which will feature medical school panelists to answer questions as well as provide information regarding their experiences.

Each session runs from 7:30 to 9 p.m. inside the Little Theatre of Jeffries Hall on the campus of Georgian Court University, located at 900 Lakewood Ave., Lakewood. High school students of any grade level can attend the lecture series free of charge, and a “graduation” ceremony for all students who attend every session will conclude the program on Monday, April 1.

On Monday, March 4, Dr. David Boss is slated to discuss the specialty of gastroenterology, before Dr. Lawrence Daniels speaks about “A Day in the Life of a Neurosurgeon” on Monday, March 11. For the March 18 session, a group of Georgian Court panelists will provide information about careers in the Allied Health professions, and on March 25 Dr. Constantine Bulauitan and registered nurse Tracy Nerney will discuss their experiences as members of the trauma team at Jersey Shore University Medical Center.

“We know high school students and their families are looking for an edge, an advantage, when it comes to planning for college and a career,” said Kathleen Boody, interim vice president for enrollment and retention at GCU. “Our new Mini-Medical School partnership gives students great perspective on what it means to explore a profession in healthcare. On our campus, majors related to medicine and health are among the fastest-growing areas of interest.

“That’s one of the reasons it’s important for local students to participate – they’ll get expert advice and insight from doctors and other medical professionals who do this important work every day.”

Parents, guardians, teachers, school counselors and administrators are encouraged to attend the opening and closing sessions as well.

Advanced registration is required and students can do so at alumi.georgian.edu/minimedical. For more information, contact Kountz at david.kountz@hackensackmeridian.org.

  David Biggy

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