The new GeorgetownDowntown (GTDT) section of the Special Masters Program has an exciting and unique educational component built into the curriculum. The Biomedical Career Explorations course, will feature observation rotations in a variety of clinical and community service settings within the D.C./Metropolitan area. The clinical rotations are designed to assist students in integrating their physiologic education in a meaningful and innovative way, utilizing patients to assimilate the lessons learned in the SMP classroom.
Medically-oriented service learning experiences can include observing surgery in the operating room; shadowing emergency medicine physicians at local hospitals; multiple learning activities in a high-tech simulation lab; observing and assisting with medical care to underserved populations; accompanying first responders on pre-hospital emergencies; mentoring and teaching CPR techniques to the community; athletic and other interactive activities with special needs children and teens; patient education and health screening at a the NBC Health Expo; training and education of low vision individuals, and many others.
Prior medical experience, certification or licensure are not necessary, although students will be taught basic patient assessment skills prior to initiating their clinical rotations. Successful completion of a background check will be a requirement of this new and innovative program.
Since students will be participating in a variety of healthcare environments, the verification of health status is mandatory. All GTDT students will need to obtain and submit documentation for the following:
- Measles, Mumps and Rubella – verify proof of immunity (2 doses of vaccine, or positive titers drawn);
- Varicella – verify proof of immunity, or 2 doses of chickenpox (VariVax) vaccine
- Hepatitis B - complete vaccine series (3 doses)
- TDaP booster within last 9 years;
- Tuberculosis - a negative PPD within 3 months from beginning GTDT program (May of same year, or later), or negative chest x-ray/Quantiferon Gold testing within 1 year of beginning GTDT program.
- Influenza - free, annual flu shots will be made available to all students during the fall semester, and will be mandatory (documentation for religious and medical exemptions must be provided, if necessary no personal exemptions allowed).
All students will need to submit all of the aforementioned documentation to the Student Health Office via the Georgeotwn University Immunization Form, regardless of age.
Any questions or clarifications can be directed to Holly Frost, email@example.com.
Holly Frost, MS, the course director, facilitates the regular clinical and community volunteer rotations.
Recent Experiences and Reflections
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (observation) Emergency Department
“ This experience really brought into focus what we have learned thus far in the SMP. It honestly was, too reiterate, one of the most amazing experiences. It was that first moment where I was able to have that feeling of being a doctor. When talking to a patient I was able to predict a diagnosis, come up with a series to tests that should be ordered, and understand the pathology of the disease and why specific symptoms were present. The feeling from this experience is difficult to describe; I feel all this information is finally coming together in a significant way.” – Parker
MedStar Washington Hospital Center (observation) Emergency Department
CPR Training to Community at Latino Family Festival
“ It excites me to think that I am now equipped with the skills to help in situations where people need the assistance. I think informing as many people as possible in regards to basic life support can positively impact the community and make a huge difference. ” – Esther
Food and Friends
“The service at Food and Friends seems essential for the people they serve not only because they provide prepared meals and groceries, but also because they offer a sense of friendship and compassion through the door-to-door deliveries they make to their clients. I feel that all of these factors help patients address both the physical and mental challenges associated with chronic disease, and having the opportunity to visit their facility and help them do what they do was a unique opportunity that I hope I have the chance to participate in again.” – J.P.
Metro Police Ride Along
“The biggest take away from this experience is that police officers have to sift through a lot of details and zero in on the ones that matter, much like what physicians must do when they are taking a a history. They also deal with a lot of different issues and be equipped to handle them all, however the scenario unfolds. This was definitely a cool experience and I am very glad I had the opportunity to do it.” - Monica
Mock Code Blue Simulation, SiTEL
“SiTEL’s Mock Code Blue was a great opportunity to combine everything we’ve learned thus far in the BLS and ACLS courses. We worked in teams to interpret the EKG quickly and identify the appropriate treatment algorithms. This was by far the most involved course at SiTEL. Without a doubt, the knowledge and hands-on experience we gained have better prepared me for these challenges in the future.” – Jessica
Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind
“I learned a lot during this course and experience and feel as if I really made some connections with both the students and the course instructor during our short time there. The technology helps to improve these individuals’ confidence regarding their lives, moving them towards increasing levels of autonomy and functionality in their day to day lives!” – Malek
“It was amazing to see how much the 9 day program could completely change the perspective of the clients. Their loved ones said that the program completely changed them and the clients were more independent and much happier throughout the day, when they had been depressed before. It was a truly amazing experience to be able to work with these clients.” – Tiffany
DC Fire/EMS Ride Along
“For me, the EMS Ridealong was the most informative and impactful Explorations activity that I have been on thus far. I think something that I will take with me moving forward and strive to never forget - that every patient we will some day interact with are individuals just like ourselves.” – Adithya
“This experience was incredibly rewarding in the knowledge and perspectives I have gained! I am inspired to address the public health concerns I witnessed and will never forget what I have learned here.” - Katie
So Others Might Eat (SOME)
“One really great aspect of the day for me was the positivity that the majority of clients at SOME had. Coming out of SOME, while my help was minisculecompared to what the organization was providing, I felt so much gratitude from everyone around me -- the organizers, the clients, and the other volunteers -- that it was difficult to not be in a great mood after volunteering. The work that SOME does, both through providing meals and psychiatric help to their clients, really impressed me and made me appreciate what I take for granted.” - Eileen
National Federation of the Blind Annual Convention
“It was inspirational to see how people have come to terms with this disability. (The NFB chapter president) expressed that though she cannot see a rainbow, her life is filled with color. It was the positivity and how everyone was so full of life that touched me.” – Ling