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UH Regional Hospitals Family Medicine Residents offer Beaumont School Pre-Med Club students hands-on medical career experiences

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

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Bedford and Richmond Heights, Ohio – This past school year, physicians in the Family Medicine Residency Program at University Hospitals (UH) Regional Hospitals Department of Medical Education, based at UH Bedford and Richmond medical centers, came to Beaumont School in Cleveland Heights to offer four unique education opportunities to members of the Pre-Med Club.

Michael P. Rowane, DO, Director of Medical Education, UH Regional Hospitals, had previously spoken to the students at the girls high school at the request of his daughter, Marija, a Pre-Med Club Officer and 2014 Beaumont graduate. “The club is comprised of bright, motivated young women,” says Dr. Rowane. “I quickly realized they wanted to learn about medical career opportunities from physicians just beginning their careers and to whom they can directly relate.”

Dr. Rowane encouraged the UH program’s female Family Medicine residents to participate. “We were given a wonderful opportunity as women in medicine to encourage and inspire other women who want to explore the field,” says Anne Marie Zeller, DO, Co-Chief Family Medicine Resident, PGY-2, UH Regional Hospitals.

The Beaumont Pre-Med Club had nearly 35 members during the 2013-14 school year. Each time UH Regional Hospitals residents presented, the voluntary attendance at the meetings increased to its highest level. “This material was new and very exciting to the students,” says Susan M. Borisuk-Ratay, DO, Co-Chief Family Medicine Resident, PGY-2, UH Regional Hospitals. “They immersed themselves in our hands-on demonstrations and discovered they were doing things that advanced medical students sometimes don’t get a chance to do.”

Using mannequins and actual instruments, the residents’ interactive sessions focused on complications that can occur when delivering a baby; suturing techniques that allowed students to work with stitches and the latest skin polymers; sports and osteopathic manipulative treatment techniques; and the applications of tools in a physician’s medical kit including throat, eye, hearing and reflex exams. The presentations were so impactful, the Pre-Med Club’s new student officers plan to have the UH residents back for the upcoming school year.

“We’re so grateful to UH, Drs. Ratay and Zeller, and their physician team who have given so much and formed such wonderful, positive relationship with our students,” says Gretchen Santo, science teacher and Moderator, Beaumont School Pre-Med Club. “These accomplished professionals prove to our girls that you can be a very successful woman in every aspect of your life.”

The Beaumont School teaching outreach benefits the UH Regional Hospitals residents as much as the students. “As the kids learn firsthand what opportunities await them in the medical field, our residents are motivated to be even better caregivers in their community,” says Dr. Rowane.

To learn more about the UH Regional Hospitals Family Medicine Residency Program and the residents’ involvement in the community, visit www.uhrichmond.org and click “Education,” or call 440-585-4821.

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