Two Lynn students complete Tufts University School of Medicine program
Destiny Porter, 16; Grace Mungal, 17—who just completed the Teachers and High School Students (TAHSS) program at Tufts University School of Medicine. The five-week program, held at Tufts every year since 1989, aims to provide research and clinical experiences to Massachusetts high school students of diverse backgrounds who are interested in pursuing careers in medicine or science.
On Friday, the 26 students participating this summer presented to family, friends, and members of the Tufts community the research projects they had been working on for the previous five weeks. Destiny, a student at KIPP Academy, presented on variations in blood pressure in non-arteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy (NAION), which affects blood flow to the optic nerve and causes immediate significant loss of vision in on eye; and Grace, from Lynn English high School, explored how to treat and prevent periodontitis. To help with their research projects, students in the program spend 25 hoursworking in a clinic or science lab and shadowing professionals in their chosen field. TAHSS also includes two classes taught by medical school students, field trips across the Boston area, and the opportunity to connect with mentors from Tufts’ Boston health sciences campus.
TAHSS is one of many great pipeline programs at Tufts University School of Medicine: http://medicine.tufts.edu/About-Us/Administrative-Offices/Office-of-Multicultural-Affairs/Pipeline-Programs