On Wednesday, April 27, parents, students, staff, and community members celebrated a year of outstanding student research in biomedical fields. As part of their annual open house event, Longmont High School’s Medical & BioScience Academy (MBSA) students presented posters showcasing their senior year internship experiences and capstone projects.
The MBSA of Longmont High School is designed for students interested in careers or post-secondary education rooted in the health sciences. The MBSA provides a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum and instruction that prepares students for highly competitive admissions, and post-secondary education programs in medicine, research, and allied health sciences. Along with rigorous coursework, MBSA seniors apply for and complete a one-semester capstone project through an internship at a health science or bioscience organization.
“Our students are able to share with their parents how much they have grown throughout the school year,” explained MBSA Coordinator, Chris Chou.
This year’s senior presentations included a variety of topics, including Intraoperative Monitoring, Knee Injuries in Professional Football, Chronic Debilitating Conditions, Wildlife Rehabilitation in Colorado, and Burnout in EMS Professionals.
A major component of student success in the MBSA program is through mentorship and community partnerships with organizations such as the Colorado Learning Center of Human Anatomy, Colorado Orthopedic & Spine Center of the Rockies, Longmont United Hospital, Longs Peak Hospital, Medtronic, and many others.
“We are really grateful for the support of our community,” says MBSA Coordinator Chris Chou. “Our mentors provide students with experiences that they don’t get in the classroom.”
The impact of these mentorships and partnerships with the community is on full display at the MBSA poster session. Students can confidently explain their research and the importance of getting hands on experience with professionals.
“I was able to work with equipment, do testing, build relationships with mentors, and learned the importance of asking for help,” shared Glenn Gutierrez, Longmont High senior and MBSA student.
Many of the mentors in the program are former MBSA students that now work in the Longmont community.
“Some students have graduated, and since then have come back to work in our community,” added Chou. “Several former students have taken on the role of mentoring, and this has benefited our students tremendously.”
To learn more about Longmont High’s Medical and BioScience Academy, visit https://lhs.svvsd.org/academics/medical-bioscience-academy/.