October Session Recap: Dental Day!

October’s session of the Ladder was led by the fantastic folks from the University of Minnesota Dental School!

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Our young medical scholars had the opportunity not only to learn about dentistry but also to have hands-on experience in aspects of dental practice. Above, scholars learn how to make dental impressions; below, one of our scholars gets a feel for using a dental scaler on patient model.

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Here, one of our senior dental scholars teaches the day’s youngest scholar about dental physiology:

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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, November 8th (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.

[Special thanks to LuAnn Kibira for photo-capturing the day!]

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What IS the Ladder?

You see our recaps posted here every month and probably have some sense of what we’re up to at the Ladder. But what’s the point? What’s the purpose?

This awesome vid captures, in the voices of our own medical scholars – young and elder – what the Ladder is all about, why we’re here, and what we’re accomplishing in North Minneapolis.

Video credit: Jean Moon

We are the Ladder. YOU are the Ladder.

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 Ladder Session – Oct. 11th: Dental Day!

We know GOING to the dentist probably isn’t in your top ten list of awesomest, most fun things to do. However, we guarantee that the next session of the Ladder (this coming Saturday October 11th) where we focus on dental care, dentistry and all things teeth & mouth is one you definitely want to be at because this time YOU will be the dentist! Ok, ok – you won’t get to be a full-fledged dentist: no tooth extractions or drilling or nitrous oxide; dental professionals have to put in a lot of schooling and acquire a whole lot of skills to practice dentistry. But you WILL have the opportunity for hands-on experiencing of a variety of dental concepts and aspects of dental practice that’s more than just brushing your teeth (although brushing your teeth on your own time is kind of a big deal!).

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So bring your mouth and a friend, and join us for the next opportunity for medical fun and learning on Saturday October 11th – 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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September Session Recap: A Doctor’s Toolkit

"We are all the Ladder!"

“We are all the Ladder!”

At September’s session of the Ladder, medical scholars of all ages had the opportunity to not only learn about but also to try out some of the core tools physicians use in patient care, including: stethoscopes (<– one of the universally recognized tools of a physician!) sphygmomanometers, tuning forks, reflex hammers (carpenters aren’t the only ones who have hammers!), and not to be overlooked – one of a physician’s greatest tools: hands!

Before getting their mitts on medical tools, scholars first took the opportunity to meet each other over lunch, and share a bit about themselves and where they each are on the path to their respective goals and dreams (we’ve dubbed this part of the meeting “Value & Appreciation”). One way of helping scholars break the conversational ice each month is asking scholars for their thoughts and perspectives on meaningful quotes and words-of-wisdom. This month’s quotes to reflect and share on were:

When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. – Viktor E. Frankl

When inspiration does not come to meet me, I go halfway to meet it. – Sigmund Freud

After lunch and conversation, scholars got right to the hands-on learning of some of the tools in doctors’ and nurses’ toolkits. At one station, medical scholars learned about ways to test some functions of the nervous system, including how to use reflex hammers:

Medical scholars learning about tools like reflex hammers for checking reflexes, part of nervous system function

Medical scholars using reflex hammers to test reflexes

At another station scholars used portable vital sign monitors to check blood pressure, temperature, pulse and oxygen levels. They learned what the concept and measurements of blood pressure actually mean, the difference between systolic and diastolic pressure, and what normal as well as abnormal ranges are for blood pressure numbers.

Medical scholars learning about function and use of vital signs monitors

At yet another station, medical scholars had the opportunity to use stethoscopes in various ways. Most everyone is probably familiar with the use of stethoscopes for listening to the heart, but scholars learned that stethoscopes are powerful tools for listening to what’s happening in the lungs and digestive/gastrointestinal system as well.

Medical scholars learning about the various utilities of stethoscopes

Medical scholars learning about the various utilities of stethoscopes

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 MN Medical School, 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, October 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 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 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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