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Clarkson Offers High School Students Unique Opportunity To Participate In Hands-on Health Seminar

High school sophomores, juniors and seniors interested in pursing a career in the health professions are invited to participate in an intensive, interactive healthcare program presented by the Clarkson University Department of Physical Therapy

The all-day program, “Brittany’s Knee Injury: A Health Team Approach,” will be repeated on four consecutive Saturdays: April 27, May 4, May 11, and May 18. Interested students can sign up for one session; space is limited to 24 students per session. Associate Dean for Health Sciences Sam Feitelberg and students in the Master of Physical Therapy program will supervise the seminar.

High school student participants will have the opportunity to explore and solve a patient problem as if they were members of the patient’s rehabilitation team. Using a problem-based learning format, a team-oriented learning style that uses case studies to educate and explore medical issues, students will work in teams of six to solve Brittany’s problem. The teams will utilize the onsite treatment center and equipment, the dissection laboratory and computerized instructional programs in anatomy, physiology, orthopedics and cardiology.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for young people interested in the health sciences professions, such as medicine, nursing, or physical and occupational therapy, to get an authentic experience in medical problem solving,” said Feitelberg. “We are pleased to be able to offer the program and share our resources, library and laboratories.”

The program is funded by a grant from the Northern Area Health Education Center. Each student who completes the program will receive a certificate for eight hours of participation in a healthcare opportunity that can be used when applying for admission to a professional program.

For more information or to register for a session, high school students and teachers can contact Anne Gilbert at Clarkson’s Center for Health Sciences at 315-268-3786 or

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or]

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