Biomedical students present project finds at McLeod
West Florence’s Project Lead the Way Biomedical Science students shared findings from their first research project, “Emergency Medicine and Medical Issues of Today,” during a program held Friday at McLeod Medical Plaza Auditorium. McLeod Health officials were in attendance to observe and listen to the presentations. The event served as the official launch of a partnership with McLeod Health, Florence One Schools, and West Florence's Project Lead the Way Biomedical Science program. Future PLTW research projects in combination with rotations at McLeod Health will explore public health, epidemiology, human physiology, and microbiology. Project Lead the Way is a nonprofit organization that develops curricula which provides transformative learning experiences for pre-K to 12th grade students and teachers. PLTW courses provide a comprehensive approach to STEM Education. Through activity, project, and problem-based curriculum, these courses give students a chance to apply what they know, identify problems, find unique solutions, and lead their own learning. West Florence has been affiliated with PLTW since 2016. Students who presented their findings Friday included Bethany Park, “Minimizing Patient Boarding in Emergency Departments”; Annie Truong and Jessica Stepp, “Decreasing Hospital Costs in America”; Jessica Summerford, “Racial Discrimination in Healthcare”; Olivia Rogers, “Improving the US Healthcare in Order to Improve the ER System”; Sullivan Shealy, “How to Improve the Overall Quality of Patient Care”; Xavion Grant, “Why is the Medical School Enrollment for African Americans So Low”; Ti’kyse Miller, Joseph Yarborough, and Joshua Walton, “The Life Pen”; Ray Hudson, “Covid-19 in Dental Offices.” Nichole Scipio is the program’s instructor and Matthew Peake the program coordinator.