High School Brain-iacs
Ben Carson, head of Pediatric
Neurosurgery, visits with the six students participating
in this summer's Internship in Brain Science: Vivian
Ukegbu, Jacob Ennals, Deandria Spencer, Lena Harris,
Khristian Rhodes and Khadeijah Palmer-Rhodes.
Photo Courtesy of Dana Boatman
By Greg Rienzi
The cliché goes "It's not brain science." Well,
it certainly was for six Baltimore City high school
students who participated in an intensive program at the
School of Medicine this summer.
Now in its second year, the Johns Hopkins Internship
in Brain Science draws on Baltimore City
minority high school students and seeks to generate
interest in science and medicine. The interns, who
work 30 hours a week, rotate through a number of School of
Medicine clinics and labs, including
observing a neurosurgery, and are paired with a faculty
mentor in the departments of Neurology,
Neuroscience, Neurosurgery or Psychiatry to do a research project.
In the spring, the organizers solicited area schools
to nominate students for the competitive
program. Six students from five schools were chosen from
among a group of more than 30 nominated.
To complete the three-month effort, the students, who
are paid a stipend, must give an oral and
slide show presentation on his or her internship experience
and submit a final report.
The program was founded by Justin McArthur, interim
chair of the Department of Neurology,
and Dana Boatman, professor of neurology and otolaryngology
and vice chair for research and
development. The students' mentors were Amanda Brown, Doug
Kerr, Nicholas Maragakis, Russell
Margolis, Richard O'Brien and Charlotte Sumner.
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