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Bay Area students get a front-row seat to practicing medicine, scientific research

When Bay Area high-school students arrived on Stanford campus last Friday for Med School 101, little did they know they were about to spend the day practicing medical procedures on simulated patients, examining brain tissue samples, studying anatomy on a life-sized iPad, or learning how to use crowd-sourced research data to build and launch a company.

The day-long program kicked off with a welcome speech from Ann Weinacker, MD, chief of staff at Stanford Hospital & Clinics, who spoke to the crowd of 140 about the range of career options in science and medicine. "There is no end to the opportunities," she told students. "You can bring babies into the world, you can help people die with dignity, you can go into research and help cure cancer." Weinacker ended her talk with by telling students to ultimately "follow your heart and do what inspires you."

Following Weinacker's presentation, students headed off to sessions on a variety of medical and scientific topics taught by some of the country's top experts. We've chronicled the excitement of the day and range of students' educational activities in tweets and photos on our Storify page. We hope you enjoy perusing the collection of student experiences.

Previously: Image of the Week: Studying brains at Stanford’s Med School 101, Live tweeting sessions at Stanford’s Med School 101, Med school: Up close and personalA quick primer on getting into medical schoolTeens interested in medicine encouraged to “think beyond the obvious” and High-school students get a taste of med school
Photo by Norbert von der Groeben

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