Next Session Of The Ladder – April 11th: Muscles, Bones & Joints!

In our Ladder sessions we talk a lot about everything from the brain and nervous system to the digestive system, from eyes and ears to teeth and organs. But how are all of those bits and pieces of our bodies held together where and how they’re supposed to be?

In our everyday lives, things like duct tape do a great job of holding things together, sometimes even things that didn’t start out attached; materials like wood and steel serve as the “skeletons” of houses, building and cars; you make use of hinges every time you open doors.

connectors

At April’s session of The Ladder, you’ll have the chance to learn about muscles, bones and joints – which serve some of those same functions of allowing movement, connecting, providing structure and holding it all together. But we bet there are some surprising functions of muscles, bones and joints that you’ve maybe never even heard about!

So use your muscles, bones and joints to get yourself to the next opportunity of medical fun and learning on Saturday April 11th at 12:30pm at the UROC building – 2100 Plymouth Ave N (Newton & Plymouth) in north Minneapolis – lunch will be provided! The UROC 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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March Recap: The Brain And Nervous System!

At the March session of The Ladder, medical scholars had the opportunity to learn about the brain and nervous system. But before getting down to the medical science fun, scholars split into smaller groups so they could get to know each other a bit over lunch:

Medical scholars introducing themselves over lunch. #theladder #northmpls

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The thing about The Ladder, besides being an awesome medical science and career educational program for North Minneapolis youth, is that Ladder scholars of all ages not only get to be mentored by the more experienced scholars but also get to be mentors themselves to those younger or less experienced. Everyone has the opportunity to learn from others, and everyone has the opportunity to teach others.

For example, here – veteran medical scholar Caleb demonstrates to a new scholar a web application that tests cognitive & visual reaction times.

At the Ladder in #northmpls

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Young scholars learned about the anatomy and function of the brain and nervous system as well as things like strokes that can go wrong. In addition to tech exposure in learning about cognition and visual responses using web applications, scholars also had the opportunity at one station for medical hands-on learning about reflexes:

Learning about reflexes at the Ladder, on Pi Day 2015 (3/14/15)!

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Even the youngest scholars had a chance to try their hand at soliciting a reflex response!

Tell the young scholars in your life, family, school, class and neighborhood about The Ladder – where they can not only develop goals for the future, but be actively supported and challenged to pursue those goals by mentors and resources from the University of Minnesota Academic Health Sciences schools & colleges, the North Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program, and Broadway Family Medicine. In addition, young scholars will be learning along side and supported by peers from their own communities and neighborhoods in North Minneapolis.

The next meeting of the Ladder is Saturday, April 11th (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 next meeting of the Ladder will be at the usual spot – the UROC building (2001 Plymouth Ave N) in North Minneapolis.

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Next Session Of The Ladder – March 14th: The Brain And Nervous System!

[Please note: this month’s Ladder will be at the Minneapolis Urban League – 2100 Plymouth Ave N. in north Minneapolis, right across from the UROC. Park at UROC building and safely cross over Plymouth Ave to the Urban League]

It’s a good bet that you’ve been feeling each and every one of these chilly winter days this month. The nerves in your skin and extremities have probably been working overtime to tell your brain that you need to dress warmer, walk faster and get inside more quickly. Or perhaps your brain has been telling you to dress warmer and get OUTside to enjoy some skating, skiing or even winter camping! Just goes to show everyone’s brains work a little differently!

brainNervousNow that the subzero temperatures of the past few weeks are heading to warmer numbers on the thermometer, it’s time for YOU to come out of hibernation and join us at the Ladder March 14th to learn all about the brain and nervous system! You will have the chance to learn how medical professionals assess, diagnose and treat problems with the brain and nervous system. AND you’ll spend time with physicians and medical students who can provide you insight into what it takes to become a physician and how you can get on the path to a career as a physician or other healthcare professional!

So bring your brain and a friend for the next opportunity of medical fun and learning on Saturday March 14th at 12:30pm at the Minneapolis Urban League (2100 Plymouth Ave N, Minneapolis) – lunch will be provided! The Urban League 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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Next Session of the Ladder – Feb. 14th: the Heart Like You’ve Never Seen It!

Think you know the heart? Have you been-there/done-that on all things heart & cardio? Have you been honing your mad stethoscoping skills?

stethoscope

Well, at February’s session of the Ladder you’ll have the opportunity to see and learn some things about the heart that might surprise you. So bring your heart and a friend (or few!) and join us for the next opportunity for medical fun and learning on Saturday February 14th at 12:30pm at the UROC building in North Minneapolis (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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January Recap: The Eyes!

January’s meeting of the Ladder was all about eyes!

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After sharing lunch, introductions and discussion on some words of wisdom from (awesome astronaut) Mae Jemison…

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…our medical scholars learned all about the eyes. At one station scholars learned about how the eyes work, including the anatomy and function of the eye:

Senior medical scholars share their knowledge of eye anatomy

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Did you know one of your eyes is dominant over the other? It’s like one eye being the boss of the other; you can do your own test to see which of your eyes is dominant. Our medical scholars had the chance to try it out:

Figuring out which eye is dominant

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Medical scholars learned about eye exams and got to try some out for themselves, including using opthalmoscopes to see the inside of the eye:

Using opthalmoscopes to see inside the eye

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At another station medical scholars had the opportunity to try their hands at eye surgery…ok, ok – just VIRTUAL eye surgery, on a laptop:

Virtual eye surgery

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Tell the young scholars in your life, family, school, class and neighborhood about The Ladder – where they can not only develop goals for the future, but be actively supported and challenged to pursue those goals by mentors and resources from the University of Minnesota Academic Health Sciences schools & colleges, the North Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program, and Broadway Family Medicine. In addition, young scholars will be learning along side and supported by peers from their own communities and neighborhoods in North Minneapolis.

The next meeting of the Ladder is Saturday, February 14th (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 next meeting of the Ladder will be at the usual spot – the UROC building (2001 Plymouth Ave N) in North Minneapolis.

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Next Session of The Ladder – January 10th: The Eye!

[Please note: this month’s Ladder will be at the Urban League – 2100 Plymouth Ave N. in north Minneapolis, right across from the UROC. Park at UROC building and safely cross over Plymouth Ave to the Urban League]

We humans by and large are equipped with two eyes that do the lions’ share of helping us make our way in the world.

eyes

However, not only is the world filled with people whose vision is less than 100% perfect (do you wear glasses or contacts?), there are also plenty of people who are visually impaired as a result of a disease, injury or simply being born with less than two perfectly working eyes. The field of medicine includes a variety specialties, tools and practices which address eye health and function ranging from prescribing lenses or using lasers to correct vision to treating infections and diseases of the eye to treating diseases like diabetes which aren’t eye-centered diseases but which can impact eye function.

Join us this coming Saturday, January 10th, for the next session of the Ladder where you’ll have the opportunity to learn about the eye – how it works and how medical professionals assess, diagnose and treat eye conditions. AND you’ll spend time with physicians and medical students who can provide you insight into what it takes to become a physician and how you can get on the path to a career as a physician or other healthcare professional!

So bring your eyes and the rest of you for the next opportunity for medical fun and learning on Saturday January 10th at 12:30pm at the Urban League (2100 Plymouth Ave N, Minneapolis) – lunch will be provided! The Urban League 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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Next Session of The Ladder – Dec. 13th: Sports Medicine!

Sports medicine brings together two awesome things: sports AND medicine! If you play sports or watch sports – you know there are plenty of opportunities for injuries and a need for treatment, physical rehabilitation and therapy:

Injury on the court

Injury on the court

Sports medicine works across the spectrum of sports and sports injuries, and sports medicine professionals include physicians, nurses, physical therapists, radiologists, and many others.

Sports medicine in action!

Sports medicine in action!

Join us this coming Saturday, December 13th, for the next session of the Ladder where you’ll have the opportunity to learn about all things sports medicine. You’ll spend time with physicians and medical students who can provide you insight into what it takes to become a physician and how you can get on the path to a career as a physician or other healthcare professional!

So grab your teammates and join us for the next opportunity for medical fun and learning on Saturday December 13th 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

“Lift as you Climb, Build as you Grow”

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