Our son is ending his two-week program at the Rady Children’s Hospital and UC San Diego School of Medicine’s Summer Medical Academy for high-school students interested in healthcare as a career. It has been a wonderful experience for him — and all of us in fact. We joined him in The Village student dorms (as required for teens), so he had a chance to explore the UCSD campus. My time was a little shorter because of work.
The program was an in-depth immersion into the world of healthcare and medicine. Over 100 faculty led lectures and interactive discussions, hands-on skills clinics, career panels, team building, and group projects. It was remarkable what the teens were exposed to in just two weeks.
One of the projects was for each group in the program to create a video for a public service announcement aimed at preventing teen suicide, which is on the rise. “The tragedy of a young person dying because of overwhelming hopelessness or frustration is devastating to family, friends, and community,” as the hospital staff explains. “Learning more about factors that might lead an adolescent to suicide may help prevent further tragedies. Even though it’s not always preventable, it’s always a good idea to be informed and take action to help a troubled teenager.”
Here is the public service announce that our son and his group produced: