GCSOM kicked off its Girls in Science program with a fun, science-filled day, created specifically to provide girls visibility and engagement with women in the fields of medicine, healthcare, public health and the sciences.
On Feb. 2, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine kicked off its Girls in Science program. Participants rotated through learning stations centered around topics like physical exams, chemical interactions, heart physiology, brain anatomy, radiology, perfume chemistry and more. The event was hosted by Geisinger Commonwealth’s American Medical Women's Association (AMWA) chapter; Regional Education Academy for Careers in Health – Higher Education Initiative (REACH-HEI); and Center of Excellence (COE) for Diversity and Inclusion.
Girls in Science is an extended program that grew from a one-day symposium GCSOM hosted in 2018. For the 2019 extended program, REACH-HEI recruited 120 girls with an emphasis on applicants with low socioeconomic backgrounds from the Scranton School District. Following the Feb. 2 event, from February to June, the participants will also be involved in the following activities:
- A mentor program that will provide monthly college and career counseling to continue to inspire students to consider the field of STEM. Mentors will contact students twice per month through virtual methods to complete assigned objectives.
- Participants will participate in a “Turning Challenges into Motivation” book club. Students will read stories of women who faced challenges but persevered to become significant forces in the field of science.
Books will include: Madame Curie by Eve Curie, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, Headstrong: 52 Women who Changed Science by Rachel Swaby, and Rosalyn Yalow: Nobel Laureate: Her Life and Work in Medicine by Eugene Straus. Participants will complete writing prompts and discuss key components of the books with mentors.
- Participants will design a presentation on their favorite woman in science and will present the information at a “Women in STEM Fair” in June.
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