A surgical suite on wheels will arrive at Hiram College on April 27 to treat future doctors, nurses, veterinarians, dentists, physician assistants and other health professionals to an inside look at surgery. The mobile medical unit will make its campus appearance from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to kick off Hiram College’s Hiram Health Spring Event.
Sporting medical scrubs, high school students from the Bio-Med Science Academy in Rootstown as well as those from Crestwood, Garfield, Twinsburg and Windham school districts will try their hands at conducting simulated suturing and orthopedic procedures. They also will get a behind-the-scenes look at an operating room setup and surgical procedures to correct bunions and collapsed arches.
The mobile facility (provided by alumnus Rick Anthony ’82, president of the Surgical Training Institute LLC) headlines an action-packed day that celebrates Hiram’s humanistic, individualized approach to health care.
Hiram College students, faculty and staff members will join streams of visiting teens for a day focused on health and wellness. They’ll take yoga lessons, practice martial arts, receive body composition assessments, share in a frank discussion about mental health led by Acacia Parks, associate professor of psychology, and meet students enrolled in Hiram’s academic health programs. They also will discover how an undergraduate degree from Hiram often opens doors to graduate programs at partner institutions Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) and Case Western Reserve University
Hiram College associate professor of biomedical humanities Erin Lamb and assistant professor of biology Cara Constance will bring the Huffington Post’s Sleep Revolution to campus for the event. They’ll challenge booth visitors to take a sleep quiz and also will solicit their thoughts on why sleep matters. Lamb and Constance also will join the Huffington Post in its social media conversation about sleep and give away 100 copies of Arianna Huffington’s “The Sleep Revolution.”
“College students may brag about pulling all-nighters, but these are more likely to result in a lower grade because sleep is essential for memory consolidation,” Constance says.
Lamb adds that students are often shocked to learn that driving drowsy is just as dangerous as driving while intoxicated. She points to findings by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety that show people who sleep less than five hours are four to five times more likely to be involved in a car crash than those who sleep eight hours.
Plus, attendees will munch on trail mix made by HPAC (Health Professions Affinity Communities) students from the Bio-Med Science Academy. They also will sample smoothies made by middle school students from Luis Muñoz Marín of Cleveland. While Hiram’s Stone Soup Cooperative hosts a vegan s’more competition, a NEOMED Americorps student will examine some of the best health drinks.
“Event-goers will hike along the trails of our 545-acre field station, tour our state-of-the-art nursing suite and even receive academic advising if they choose. Overall, this event will give prospective students an in-depth view of health professions and celebrate good health amid a festive environment filled with music, games, giveaways and contests,” says Sandra Madar, Ph.D., professor of biology and biomedical humanities at Hiram College.
** Banner Image Photo courtesy of Surgical Training Institute LLC