Alexace Rees, a Hiram College nursing student who will graduate next month, joined fellow health professionals to host streams of area teens at the Hiram Health Kickoff fair, April 27. Rees, an intern with University Hospitals, set up surgical instruments in a full-size mobile operating room provided by Hiram College alumnus Rick Anthony ’82, president of the Surgical Training Institute LLC.
Sporting medical scrubs, some 200 students from various high schools in the region tried their hands at conducting simulated suturing and orthopedic procedures. Event goers also practiced yoga, received therapeutic massages, watched martial arts demonstrations, munched on healthy snacks, received body composition assessments, toured the college’s state-of-the-art nursing suite and spoke with Hiram College faculty members and students about the college’s humanistic, individualized approach to health care.
“Events like these are great for high schoolers since it gives them a firsthand look at the medical field and the possibilities. Seeing live anatomy is one of the best ways to grab a young mind’s attention and introduce them to the world of biology,” Rees says.
The event, which combined education and fun, also featured music, games, giveaways and contests to “celebrate good health amid a festive environment,” says Sandra Madar, Ph.D., professor of biology and biomedical humanities at Hiram College.