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Aspiring MDs at St. Dominic High School Get “Hands-On Heart Lab” From St. Francis Cardiac Surgeons

May 15th, 2017

ROSLYN, NY – 140 students at St. Dominic High School in Oyster Bay got hands-on experience yesterday on the structure and function of the heart from two top cardiothoracic surgeons from St. Francis Hospital. Lawrence Durban, MD, and Albert C. DiMeo, MD, conducted three labs in the school’s state-of-the-art science lab, teaching the aspiring doctors how to dissect pig hearts. Every student got a heart to dissect.

“We think this is a wonderful opportunity for our next generation of doctors, nurses and health care workers to get a firsthand look at the marvels of medicine,” said Ronald J. Gulotta, MD, vice president of medical affairs and chief medical officer at St. Francis. “It’s a perfect opportunity to bring two of our outstanding physicians to a lab setting that’s designed to inspire students in science and technology.”

The program is an outgrowth of the school’s STEM Program, standing for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. It’s designed to give students an accelerated track to these four academic fields before they enter college. The initiative began through a $10 million endowment and partnership with Cold Spring Harbor Lab.

“The Hands-On Heart Lab is an extraordinary opportunity for our students, especially those interested in pursuing careers in medicine. Our STEM Program is often cited as the reason why students choose St. Dominic High School. We are extremely grateful to Mr. Paul Woodstock and Drs. Durban and DiMeo for helping make this day possible,” said Maureen Appel, principal.

The St. Francis surgeons taught two simultaneous labs in the morning and one session in the afternoon. The doctors hoped that by the end of the day students were convinced that medicine may be the right field for them. 

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