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Nativity School Students Experience College for a Day at MCPHS

3/17/2011

On March 10, seventh graders from Nativity School of Worcester visited MCPHS-Worcester to experience college for a day. Located in downtown Worcester, the Nativity School is a Jesuit middle school for boys from low-income families. The event was organized by Pharmacy student Annmae Javier, an Albert Schweitzer Fellow and member of APhA, in collaboration with faculty and students from the Nursing, Pharmacy and Physician Assistant Studies programs.

While visiting the pharmacy lab, students had an opportunity to make cough lozenges. In the Nursing lab, they were introduced to SimMan patient simulators while MCPHS students taught them about heart rate and blood pressure. Students also inspected eyes and ears, and received arm casts in the Physician Assistant lab.

Following the tour, Nativity School students joined MCPHS faculty and staff for a lunchtime discussion. Lunch was provided by NovoDisk, whose representatives discussed and demonstrated the high sugar content of popular food and drinks. At the conclusion of the event, Annmae surprised students with new backpacks that contained information about the health care professions.