Rural Medical Scholars Program taps the interest of high schoolers with special competition

Thirty high school students from Central New York, the North Country and the Southern Tier competed in the first annual RMED “Mentorship through Case Discussion” competition on campus Saturday.

The learning activity was developed by Program Director Carrie Roseamelia, Sally Hartwick, a fourth-year RMED student and Michael Lynskey, a second-year RMED student. Teams of second-year medical students from the rural training program began mentoring and training teams of high schools students about a clinical case in September using online modules.

The competition focused on the students’ diagnosis and treatment plan for a hypothetical 60-year-old patient with specific symptoms. Each high school team was quizzed on its general knowledge of medicine, with questions roughly equivalent to content taught in the first year of medical school.

The students, representing a variety of schools from Ogdensburg, Cortland, Oswego, Norwood, East Syracuse-Minoa and Elmira, were judged by fourth-year RMED students, as well as local physicians and health care administrators from regions served by the program.

Team Elmira was declared the champions after outscoring two other teams that had advanced past the initial round. The judges were impressed with the team’s grasp of medical knowledge, teamwork and professionalism.

Caption: Members of Team Elmira, perhaps future medical students, celebrate their victory in the first RMED high school competition.

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