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Emergency Medicine

Three-Week Summer Medicine Program 2024

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Heart-thumping emergency scenes meet the latest breakthrough technologies in emergency medicine in this exciting new program!

Students will preview actual case studies of trauma from accident scenes ranging from car accidents to the aftermath of natural disasters such as hurricanes or avalanches.

In cases that require surgical intervention, they will preview anatomical structures and surgical techniques, conducting their own mock surgery and practicing their suturing techniques.  They will learn about imaging techniques such as x-rays, MRIs, and techniques used by radiologists to assess the extent and nature of injuries.

For sprains and like injuries, they will learn diagnosis techniques and practice splinting injuries.

Teens will examine treatment for burn injuries as well, learning about and practicing immediate life-saving techniques.  They will learn about longer-term solutions as well such as skin-grafting and advances from biomedical engineering that employ tissue scaffolding to create sheets of skin that may be used to save the lives of burn victims.

This is a competitive admissions summer research program designed for teens.

June 24-July 12, 2024 | Gann/Bentley, Waltham

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The pace continues with a riveting look at life-or-death poisonings where minutes can make a difference in deciding what to use as an emergency antidote and when purging the poison is in order and when it can do more harm than good by re-injuring the esophagus.  A look at chemistry will help students understand how the antidote works and what antidotes may be ruled out because of complications that may be caused when the person is taking other medications or when they have allergies.

The pace never lets up as students re-enact the scene of an emergency situation such as an avalanche that has left multiple victims on a ski slope with broken bones, hypothermia, and severe frostbite. They must triage the survivors, intervening on the scene with life-saving help and learning to improvise in wilderness situations where they have limited access to emergency room equipment.

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Students will also practice CPR, study injury prevention, and learn how to take a patient’s vital signs.

Additionally, throughout the course, students will brainstorm and work on personal research projects concerning hot button topics in the world of emergency medicine. They will present their work to the group at the end of the three weeks. 

This program is perfect for teens looking for a pre-college medical program and for those thinking of pursuing pre-med, or are otherwise interested in careers as a physician, surgeon, MD, EMT/Paramedic, or working in an ER or hospital.

Students do tests with a stethoscope in the Emergency Medicine three-week summer medical programs

Field Trips

In past years, students have visited the following locations:

Northeastern Simulation Center: Transformable labs provide students the opportunity to experience trauma, surgery, and other life or death situations. Students interact with patient simulations, actors, faculty, and other students to experience the rush of adrenaline and emotions involved in emergency situations before tackling real life scenarios.  

Newton-Wellesley Emergency Department with guest speaker Dr. Mark Lemons: Dr. Lemons is the Chair of Emergency Medicine at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Students had the opportunity to ask any and all questions they could come up with, went behind-the-scenes of the fast-paced environment, and heard step by step how to pursue a career in emergency medicine. 

NOTE: COVID will impact field trips. We cannot guarantee any given field trip will run as in past years or at all.

Instructor: Peter Brutschea

Mr. Brutschea teaches at Dexter Southfield Upper School. He has extensive experience working in an emergency room setting as both a technician and patient care representative. During his time as an EMT, he worked for Mount Auburn Hospital and Cambridge Health Alliance, Harvard-affiliated institutions, training Harvard medical students in emergency protocol.

Student Comments from Summer 2023

‘I enjoyed the welcoming and inclusive environment. The challenging but interesting curriculum proved to me that I am choosing the right career path. This program has allowed me to confirm I would like to take the medicine route, saving time down the road. Mr. Peter was one of the best teachers I’ve ever had and I learned more here in 3 weeks than I did in one year of school!’

‘Altogether the program was the most amazing experience I’ve ever had. It was such an amazing feeling to be surrounded by people that share my interests. The teacher Peter was the best teacher I’ve ever had. He made every class super fun and always managed to make every class entertaining and fun. I loved this class so much, and it has only furthered my interest in medicine as a career.’

‘The program not only went in-depth of life as an EMT/ER physician, but every day was interesting and engaging, with activities that taught us life-saving medical techniques to prepare us for a career and real life. Mr. Peter was interesting, well-educated and fun, and I am really grateful to have had him as a teacher, even though I am sad to leave.’

‘Mr. Peter is such an amazing teacher who presented the information through engaging presentations, hands-on activities (triage simulation, intubation practice). He made every day such an enjoyable experience and I felt like I learned a lot from this class.’

‘I loved this program and the teacher. I loved the fact that we learned splints, CPR, and many things and the teacher was the best teacher I’ve ever had.’

Note: This page represents our best expectations for the program we will deliver, but is subject to change. We will update this page as new information becomes available.

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