What are the Building Blocks of MedEx Academy?
MedEx Academy provides robust and integrated teaching and learning experiences for students. To this end, clinicians and academicians across the system design and implement innovative opportunities that will play a key role in preparing the future health care workforce. The following building blocks of the MedEx Academy program provide the foundation for students to experience the “real world” of health care as a learner, patient, employee and volunteer. Overall MedEx Academy goals are established based on the six building blocks. Specific measurable student learning objectives are established for each MedEx Academy Tier based on the building blocks. The building blocks are:
MedEx Academy Program Building Blocks:
- Learner and Teacher Experience (Student)
Develop an interdisciplinary multi-tier curriculum to provide selected high school and collegiate students varied experiential opportunities designed to build health care competencies and successfully prepare for academic advancement in a health care career.
- Clinical and Practice Experience (Clinician)
Create hands-on clinical experiences for students that expose them to various occupations in health care and connect their academic learning to practice and ignite their passion.
- Research and Scholarship Experience (Scholar)
Provide a mentor led health care research foundation for challenging and guiding students in utilizing the scientific method that includes knowledge and insight regarding research processes, design, discovery, and presentation.
- Employee and Interview Experience (Employee)
Create a health care experience that mirrors the health care employment process and expose students to interview techniques and tactics.
- Volunteer and Service Experience (Volunteer)
Expose students to servant leadership principles and service to others that demonstrate the value of “giving back.”
- Health and Health Experience (Patient)
Provide health and wellness experiences and advice to students based on individual health risk assessment.
Recap MedEx Academy 2013 Tier 1- Tier 3 experience
During the 2013 MedEx Academy students participated in learning experiences designed to introduce foundational competencies needed for a successful health professions career. Students participated in activities and simulations that exposed them to various opportunities in health care. Specific measurable learning objectives were the focus throughout each tier.
Tier 1: Focus = Exploration
Students experienced health care careers through observations, virtual, simulated, cinematic, and hands-on classroom experiences. Students also participated in career assessments that provided information about job trends, how to be a good employee and team member, and how to strengthen their candidacy for advance learning and employment opportunities. Beyond exploring health career opportunities, students completed practice exams for SAT/ACT and received academic advisement on how they can improve their score.
Tier 3: Focus = Experimentation and Preparation
Students experienced opportunities designed to strengthen their candidacy for acceptance into medical school, graduate studies, professional programs, or employment in the health care industry. Students completed practice exam for MCAT and other graduate level programs and received counseling on how they can improve their score. In addition, students provided a service to patients as a reader in Bibliotherapy, which enhanced their communication skills and compassion for others. Students completed research assignments and participated in research projects at varying stages
Tier 4: Focus = Education
Students received clinical and non-clinical experiences, with career specific preparation in the areas of medicine and nursing. Students participated in an introductory overview of medical school courses, observed clinical settings, and explored varying aspects of the health care delivery system. Mock interviews prepared students for admission interviews for medical school.
Interested students can get more information by contacting LaToya Dodson, Manager, Academic Pipeline Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org.