Visiting Student Leaders Get a Glimpse of Careers in Medicine

The Miller School of Medicine hosted about 150 high-achieving high school students from the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine last month. The students, who spent a week in South Florida exploring various careers in the medical field, spent two days on the medical campus, experiencing a “mini medical school” and learning about the groundbreaking simulation technology developed here.

The Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs facilitated the mini medical school for 75 of the students, who on June 25 attended seminars presented by Miller School faculty at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute’s Berrocal Auditorium. The speakers included Stephen Symes, M.D., associate professor of medicine and Assistant Dean of Graduate Medical Education and for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs; Stephen Roper, Ph.D., professor of physiology and biophysics; Richard Riley, Ph.D., professor of microbiology and immunology; and Matthias Salathe, M.D., professor of pulmonary/critical care medicine. Brandon Gross, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions, and Richard Weisman, Pharm.D., Associate Dean for Medical Admissions, also were on hand to present information on the University of Miami admissions process.

On June 27, about 150 of the students from the forum, which prepares promising students from across the nation for professional careers, returned to the medical campus for some hands-on activities at the Michael S. Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education. Center Director Barry Issenberg, M.D., Associate Dean for Research in Medical Education, welcomed the students and Ivette Motola, M.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of medicine and Director of the Division of Prehospital and Emergency Healthcare, led an interactive session on medical education and simulation.

During a tour of the center, the students learned about the various technologies used in simulation-based education and training in medicine and the health professions. Paramedic Al Brotons, EMT-P, Associate Division Director for Operations and Instructor Development, led a CPR demonstration. The students also witnessed a demonstration of Harvey, the cardiopulmonary patient simulator which was developed at the center, and is now used at medical schools, nursing schools, and medical centers around the world.

The Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs develops programs aimed at promoting our diverse local and international communities. For more information, please visit

The Gordon Center has been saving lives for decades by developing simulation training, curricula, instructional materials, and testing instruments for medical students, physicians, physician assistants, nurses, paramedics, and other allied health professionals. For more information on the Gordon Center’s programs, please visit

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