JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville kicked off its 2018-2019 Science, Service, Medicine and Mentoring (S2M2) program on Nov. 7 at Darnell-Cookman School of the Medical Arts.
About 80 ninth and 10th graders attended the kick-off.
“S2M2 provides a unique opportunity for our students to learn from Navy Medicine professionals who deliver care not only in hospitals but also on battlefields and ships,” said Tyrus Lyles, principal of Darnell-Cookman School of the Medical Arts.
Seven NH Jacksonville clinicians, including its executive officer, shared personal experiences, inspirational stories, and pathways to pursue health careers. Hospital speakers included three physicians, a dentist, pharmacist, nurse, and an independent duty hospital corpsman. Two S2M2 student alumni also shared their experiences from the 2018 S2M2 summer internship at the hospital.
Following the panel discussions, break-out sessions enabled students to hear first-hand about the speakers’ unique roles in healing the nation’s heroes, through the military health system.
The school will select about a dozen of Darnell-Cookman’s ninth and 10th graders for NH Jacksonville’s summer internship. Participants will gain real-world medical experiences by rotating through outpatient, inpatient, and surgical areas of the hospital. Students also participate in a bones and joints workshop, experience the simulation laboratory, and learn how Navy hospital corpsmen prepare to provide care on battlefields.
“S2M2 gives students a chance to see the military health system in action,” said Capt. Matthew Case, NH Jacksonville commander. “And we get the opportunity to help grow the nation’s next generation of health scientists.”
Science, Service, Medicine and Mentoring (S2M2) was originally developed in 2004 by the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and adopted in 2010 by NH Jacksonville. S2M2’s goal is to encourage students’ commitment to science and medicine in a welcoming and intellectually nurturing environment.
Darnell-Cookman School of the Medical Arts is a Blue Ribbon school, providing high performing students with an advanced academic curriculum, including an overview of the professional medical fields. The school equips students for future success in college and graduate school. In 2007, it became the nation’s first 6th – 12th grade college-prep program with a focus on medical arts and sciences. The school again made the Washington Post’s list of America’s Most Challenging High Schools.
Naval Hospital Jacksonville and Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command Jacksonville deliver quality health care, in an integrated system of readiness and health. NH Jacksonville includes five branch health clinics across Florida and Georgia. It serves 163,000 active-duty and retired sailors, Marines, soldiers, airmen, guardsmen, and their families, including 84,000 patients who are enrolled with a primary care manager. To find out more, visit www.med.navy.mil/sites/navalhospitaljax.
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