May Meeting Recap: Bones!

Saturday’s meeting of the Ladder saw a great turnout of medical scholars ages 9-99 (and even a few younger!) on a beautiful sunny Spring day in North Minneapolis to share lunch, connect with each other, learn, and (never to be overlooked) have fun!

THIS is the Ladder!

THIS is the Ladder!

This month’s meeting was all about bones: the function they serve in the body, what bones go where, diagnosing and fixing problems with bones, and the medical helpers involved in helping with bones:

Who are some of the helpers? Nurses, EMTs, physicians, pharmacists, radiologists, surgeons, sports medicine docs…just to name a few!

We began by sharing lunch in smaller groups where we introduced ourselves and shared our thoughts on two different quotes medical scholar Renee asked us to consider:

Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger

Nobody can hurt me without my permission ~ Gandhi

After lunch we rotated through four workstations where we were able to see what bones look like up close and learn how the skeletal system is named and fits together:

Medical scholars putting human bone models in the correct skeletal configuration

Medical scholars putting human bone models in the correct skeletal configuration

Medical scholar Ahlea getting an up-close look at a human skull model

Medical scholar Ahlea getting an up-close look at a human skull model

…how bone breaks, infections and cancers are diagnosed and treated:

How can this injury happen?

How can this injury happen?

…have further opportunity to practice naming and placing bones in the correct places in the body:

Where do all these bones go?

Where do all these bones go?

…and discussed some of the ways to “get there” on goals of becoming a nurse, physician or other healthcare helper:

Discussing how to get there.

Discussing how to get there.

We pack tons of fun and learning into two hours! See for yourself and join us for next month’s meeting of the Ladder – a Society of Medical Scholars. Our next meeting is June 14th (always the second Saturday of the month – including 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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