Peg Seger, Head of Briscoe Library Outreach Services, provided two classes for the 25 students in the Summer Science Camp for aspiring health care professions held in Laredo July 15 – 26. Students learned about health information literacy and reliable health information sites like MedlinePlus made available through the National Library of Medicine (NLM). Students also learned how to search for medical information with databases like PubMed.
The camp, sponsored by Laredo Doctors Hospital and hosted at the Regional Academic Center, was presented jointly with the Texas A&M International University (TAMIU). The intensive two-week program was designed to enhance academic and professional preparation for traditional and non-traditional students and current working professionals pursuing enrollment in a health profession school.
The curriculum for the camp was designed around an inter-professional framework that provided:
• Three core courses: Biology, Anatomy, and Physiology
• Discipline specific instruction time for Physician Assistant Studies, Physical Therapy, Respiratory Care, Emergency Medicine, Nursing, and Pre-Medicine
• Learning skills and test taking workshops
• Seminars featuring topics on health care professions
• Professionalism such as personal marketing, critical thinking skills, mock interviews, and group communication
• Networking and field trips