Inspiring the Next Generation of Healthcare Professionals

Inspiring the Next Generation of Healthcare Professionals

Cleveland Clinic K–12 Education works to improve health and wellness, academic achievement, and career readiness for students in grades K–12. Focusing on student interaction, the department garnered national recognition in 2018 when its Adventures in Health Science and Medicine® program, or AHSM® (pronounced “awesome”) for short, won the United States Distance Learning Association’s prestigious Innovation Award.

AHSM, a series of free connected learning experiences, is designed to promote learning about health science and medical professions among middle school students. Offered via interactive, videoconferencing presentations, each hour-long session includes an ongoing case study, hands-on activities, and collaborative discussions facilitated by Cleveland Clinic caregivers. The AHSM program culminates with an “IDEA$ Challenge” where students work with their peers to apply their learning in the development of a new health science or medical innovation.

As a flourishing part of Cleveland Clinic’s suite of K–12 offerings, reaching more than 340 students in 15 schools last program year, AHSM is now empowering other healthcare institutions to promote healthcare careers in their service areas.  In 2015, Reading Hospital in Reading, Pennsylvania, knocked on Cleveland Clinic’s door, asking how it could replicate the AHSM program in their community, with their schools.  Through that inquiry, the K–12 Education team went to work and developed AHSM into a “turn-key” program that healthcare institutions can license. 

Today, Reading Hospital’s Community Wellness Department will begin implementing its third year of AHSM this fall. When asked about the impact of AHSM program licensing, Brandon Monk, Community Wellness Program Coordinator at Reading stated, “We would encourage any organization to consider licensing the AHSM program. Your community, students and staff will certainly benefit from doing so.”

Achieving success with Reading Hospital, K–12 Education is excited to extend the opportunity for healthcare institutions to learn more about the Adventures in Health Science and Medicine program by joining one of our upcoming webinars. 

To learn more about AHSM, visit www.clevelandclinic.org/AHSM, or to join one of the September webinars, contact Devin Patterson (patterd2@ccf.org).
 

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