The special launch event at Venice High School on October 5 highlighted the partnership between our department and the California Society of Anesthesiologists (CSA). We are jointly supporting an innovative four-year curriculum in biomedical education for high school students, developed by Project Lead the Way (PLTW), a national nonprofit organization that trains teachers and provides resources to “engage students, one medical mystery at a time.”
Our department is lending support to PLTW by sending residents to visit classrooms, talk to the students about anesthesiology and healthcare careers, and give hands-on demonstrations of airway rescue techniques. Students from the three high schools – El Segundo High School, Venice High School, and the Girls Academic Leadership Academy – will visit the UCLA Simulation Center during the spring semester.
Our residents brought along “Harvey,” a teaching mannequin, and Dr. Yin guided one student through how to use a laryngoscope to perform endotracheal intubation. The audience applauded when the student connected the ambu bag to the endotracheal tube, and the mannequin’s lungs inflated. “You saved him!” said CSA Executive Director David Butler.
CSA’s role is to help fund two-week training sessions in the biomedical curriculum for teachers during the summer each year. Donations are coordinated through the new CSA Foundation for Education. UCLA faculty members Maxime Cannesson, MD, PhD, John Shin, MD, Dr. Nguyen-Buckley, and Dr. Sibert serve on the Foundation’s Board of Directors.
Assemblymember Ridley-Thomas delivered the keynote address at the launch event, commending all the participants and emphasizing to the students the value of the scientific, writing, and analytic skills they are acquiring via the PLTW program.
The students escorted the visitors on classroom tours, where many of their projects were on display. They spoke movingly about how the PTLW curriculum has raised their sights and given them the confidence to aspire to high-level careers in bioscience and healthcare.
State Senator Ben Allen’s staff presented special Certificates of Recognition from the California State Senate to the UCLA Department of Anesthesiology, CSA, and PLTW for their contributions to Los Angeles public school education through the biomedical sciences curriculum.
Representing UCLA Health and the David Geffen School of Medicine at the launch event were: