January Recap: The Eyes!

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

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

…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:


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:

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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:

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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:

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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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