Thursday, March 11, 2010

Medical Student to Give High Schoolers a Lesson in the Gross Anatomy Lab

Minooka High graduate will lead tour for current Minooka High students at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- Minooka High School graduate Johnathon O’Hagan will give current Minooka High students a look at what inspired him to pursue a career in health care when he hosts a tour of the gross anatomy lab at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

"This is a chance to encourage students who otherwise would not consider a career in medicine to start thinking about these opportunities at an early age," said O’Hagan, who took the same tour more than seven years ago at Stritch, where he is now a third-year medical student.

The tour will begin at 10 a.m., Monday, March 15 at the Stritch School of Medicine in Maywood.

During the tour, the Minooka students will have the opportunity to examine the internal organs of cadavers while getting a detailed overview of the human body. They will also get the chance to interact with high-tech, interactive patient simulators that are used to provide realistic instruction for physicians in training. The tour is part of a program that was established more than 10 years ago for area high school students.

"The program gives the high school students an inside look into the life of a medical student and what medical training really involves behind the scenes," said Michael Dauzvardis, Ph.D., an assistant professor of anatomy at Stritch.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.