Next Ladder Session – Sept. 13th: A Doctor’s Toolkit!

Lots of professions make use of tools and gadgets to get the job done:

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Doctors also use plenty of tools, equipment, gear and gadgets to help in assessing patients’ conditions:

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At September’s session of the Ladder, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about many of the gadgets in a doctor’s toolkit, and why those tools are so helpful. It’s guaranteed that learning about medical tools like stethoscopes, opthalmoscopes, sphygmomanometers is easier than saying their names!

So join us for the next opportunity for medical fun and learning on Saturday September 13th – 12:30pm at the UROC building (2001 Plymouth Ave N, Minneapolis) – lunch will be provided! The UROC building is reachable by Metro Transit bus routes 19, 32 & 7.

Have a bulletin board or wall-space for info-posting? Print this off and post! Curious about what the Ladder is all about? See for yourself!

The Ladder is a Society of Medical Scholars ages 9 to 99. Meetings are every second Saturday of the month.

A Scholar Reads,
A Scholar Listens,
A Scholar Teaches and,
A Scholar Learns.

Service Learning, Leadership Development, and Cascading Mentorship

“Lift as you Climb, Build as you Grow”

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August Meeting Recap: Organs!

August’s meeting of the Ladder centered on organs and organ systems. Some special guests dropped in to provide hands-on anatomy & physiology learning for our medical scholars:

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However, Ladder meetings aren’t just about packing useful information about health, medicine and healthcare careers into our young scholars’ brains. We provide opportunities for Ladder scholars to develop their critical thinking and communication skills, to share their stories and perspectives, and to build connections with their peers, elders and those younger than they.

One of the first activities scholars participate in at each meeting is sitting down for lunch in small groups, introducing themselves to each other, and sharing how others’ words of wisdom may be relevant to them.

intros These are the quotations scholars pondered and shared their thoughts on this month:

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After lunch, scholars rotate through stations which include many types of hands-on learning, such as: computer applications and tutorials on health & medical concepts…

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…learning about healthy bodies and organs as well as diagnosing disease and illness…

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…and using models and simple medical diagnostic tools and procedures.

The Ladder teaches scholars to spend time (at least 30 mins!) every day reading (something besides their homework), to develop and pursue academic goals, and to respect themselves and each other.

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Tell the young scholars in your life, family, school, class, neighborhood about The Ladder – where they can not only dream, but be supported and challenged to pursue those dreams with resources and mentors from their own neighborhoods, the University of Minnesota, and physicians and residents from North Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program.

The next meeting of the Ladder is Saturday, September 13th (always the second Saturday of the month) at 12:30pm and open to scholars, parents and supporters agers 9 and older. There’s always learning AND fun – plus free lunch! The Ladder meets at the UROC building (2001 Plymouth Ave N) in North Minneapolis.

“Lift as you Climb, Build as you Grow”

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Next Ladder Meeting – August 9th: Organs!

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Wait no – not THAT kind of organ (although – those kinds of organs are incredibly cool!) – we’re talking about THESE kinds of organs:

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At the next Ladder meeting this coming Saturday, August 9th – we’ll be learning all about the different organ systems in the body: where they’re located, how they function, how to keep them healthy, and the kinds of medical and healthcare folks who help out when things go wrong with different organs.

So join us for the next opportunity of medical fun and learning on Saturday August 9th – 12:30pm at the UROC building (2001 Plymouth Ave N, Minneapolis) – lunch will be provided! The UROC building is reachable by Metro Transit bus routes 19, 32 & 7.

Have a bulletin board or wall-space for info-posting? Print this off and post! Curious about what the Ladder is all about? See for yourself!

The Ladder is a Society of Medical Scholars ages 9 to 99. Meetings are every second Saturday of the month.

A Scholar Reads,
A Scholar Listens,
A Scholar Teaches and,
A Scholar Learns.

Service Learning, Leadership Development, and Cascading Mentorship

 

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July Meeting Recap: Infectious Disease!

July’s meeting of The Ladder brought together medical scholars of all ages to the UROC in North Minneapolis to learn about infectious disease. In addition to learning about different varieties and causes of infectious disease, we learned about those folks in medicine & healthcare who play roles in helping prevent and treat infectious disease, and conduct research that informs everything we know about infectious diseases.

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Scholars learned about a variety of diseases caused by bacteria, viruses and parasites, as well as how some diseases are spread and prevented.

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Medical scholars participated in an exercise to illustrate how some infectious diseases are spread by physical contact. In this exercise all scholars received test tubes filled with clear liquid, but one scholar’s test tube contained a special, but invisible, substance (a liquid with a pH greater than 7.0 – no actual infectious diseases were involved!!!). Scholars then exchanged small amounts of fluid from their and a few others’ test tubes:

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Each scholar’s test tube was then treated with an indicator (in this case, a substance called phenolphthalein that turns pink in base solutions), and everyone whose test tube was “infected” by the fluid with high pH turned bright pink:

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Scholars were able to see that just one infected individual can spread infection to many others (yikes!) but they also learned that the spread of many diseases can be prevented by measures as simple as hand-washing and covering sneezes and coughs.

Join us for next month’s meeting of the Ladder – a Society of Medical Scholars ages 9-99. Our next meeting is August 9th (always the second Saturday of the month – even over the summer!) and open to all ages. You’ll have a lot of fun, get a free lunch, and probably even learn something in the process! We meet at the UROC building (2001 Plymouth Ave N) in North Minneapolis.

“Lift as you Climb, Build as you Grow”

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Next Meeting of The Ladder – July 12th: Infectious Disease!

They’re everywhere…all around you…on you…in you…no – we’re not being paranoid or conspiracy theorists – we’re talking about microorganisms (or microbes for short!)! And by microorganisms we mean critters like bacteria, viruses, yeasts – all the beasties that are microscopic (unable to be seen without extreme magnifying tools). Some microorganisms play roles in keeping you healthy (hi there Lactobacillus acidophilus!), some of them can lead to causing illness or diseases (looking at YOU Salmonella and influenza!).

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At July’s meeting of The Ladder you’ll have the opportunity to learn all about bacteria, viruses and infectious diseases. You’ll learn about good microbes and not-so-good microbes, how microbes are studied, viewed and discovered, as well as what roles different microbes play in medicine and health.

So join us for the next opportunity of medical fun and learning on Saturday July 12th at 12:30pm at the UROC building (2001 Plymouth Ave N, Minneapolis) – lunch will be provided! The UROC building is reachable by Metro Transit bus routes 19, 32 & 7.

Have a bulletin board or wall-space for info-posting? Print this off and post! Curious about what the Ladder is all about? See for yourself!

The Ladder is a Society of Medical Scholars ages 9 to 99. Meetings are every second Saturday of the month.

A Scholar Reads,
A Scholar Listens,
A Scholar Teaches and,
A Scholar Learns.

Service Learning, Leadership Development, and Cascading Mentorship

 

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June Meeting Recap: ENT Medicine & Physiology

At June’s meeting of the Ladder, medical scholars gathered for food, fun and learning about ENT (ears/nose/throat) medicine and physiology!

Medical scholars ranging from young to veteran!

Medical scholars ranging from young to veteran!

First, while sharing lunch in small groups, medical scholars introduced themselves to one another and spent some time sharing perspectives on a couple of particularly relevant thoughts from Maya Angelou and Martin Luther King, Jr. :

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After lunch, medical scholars had the opportunity to learn about the physiology and interconnectedness of the ear/nose/throat, as well as about a number of tools and techniques for examining these areas of the body. Here medical scholars demonstrate use of otoscopes for viewing the ear canal:

Medical scholar Christopher demonstrating use of an otoscope

Medical scholar Christopher demonstrating use of an otoscope

Another aspect of ENT function scholars learned about is the sense of smell and how integral it is to the sense of taste:

Medical scholars testing their senses of smell on mystery items

Medical scholars testing their senses of smell on mystery items

At another station, scholars learned some ways to test hearing, including use of tuning forks for something called the Weber test:

Medical scholar Tekya demonstrates the principle of the Weber test for hearing using a tuning fork

Medical scholar Tekya demonstrates the principle of the Weber test for hearing using a tuning fork

Rounding out our overview of ENT medicine was a station covering physiology and function of the throat: specifically the vocal cords and their appearance, how they work & what occurs when they get inflamed or irritated. Here, scholars learn how vocal cords are a lot like rubber bands, where their tone/sound is analogous to rubber rands of different sizes/density stretched over plastic cups:

Learning about function & physiology of vocal cords

Learning about function & physiology of vocal cords

We cover a lot of ground in two hours, and have a lot of fun and socializing in the process! See for yourself and join us for next month’s meeting of the Ladder – a Society of Medical Scholars. Our next meeting is July 12th (always the second Saturday of the month – even over the summer!) and open to all ages. You’ll have a lot of fun, get a free lunch, and probably even learn something in the process! We meet at the UROC building (2001 Plymouth Ave N) in North Minneapolis.

“Lift as you Climb, Build as you Grow”

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Next Meeting of The Ladder – June 14th: Ear/Nose/Throat Medicine & Surgery

Otolaryngology. Say what? Try oh-toe-lare-in-gol-oh-jee. Also known as ear/nose/throat medicine, or just ENT for short. The field of medicine encompasses not only some of the longest, most tongue-twisting, Latin & Greek-rooted terms you’ll ever have to hear/read/pronounce, but also plenty of impressively tidy abbreviations. Ear/nose/throat medicine has all the phenomenal cosmic power of four different Greek words and three parts of the body bundled into “otolaryngology,” but is able to be conveniently shrunk into the itty-bitty-living-space of “ENT.”

At June’s meeting of the Ladder you’ll have the opportunity to learn all about ear/nose/throat medicine and surgery, including why ENT medicine comes as a package deal. You’ll learn about different ear/nose/throat problems and how they are diagnosed, as well as what kinds of surgical & non-surgical procedures can be done to fix those problems.

So bring bring your ears, nose, throat & a friend to the next opportunity for medical fun and learning on Saturday June 14th at 12:30pm at the UROC building (2001 Plymouth Ave N, Minneapolis) – lunch will be provided! The UROC building is reachable by Metro Transit bus routes 19, 32 & 7.

Have a bulletin board or wall-space for info-posting? Print this off and post! Curious about what the Ladder is all about? See for yourself!

The Ladder is a Society of Medical Scholars ages 9 to 99. Meetings are every second Saturday of the month.

A Scholar Reads,
A Scholar Listens,
A Scholar Teaches and,
A Scholar Learns.

Service Learning, Leadership Development, and Cascading Mentorship

 

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