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BHHS Medical Science Academy Expands with New Programming

MSA students are trained by residents at Cedars-Sinai Women's Guild Simulation Center for Advanced Clinical Skills

Posted Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 6:19 pm

By Sandra Sims

Beverly Hills High School students participating in the Medicine Science Academy (MSA) are not just reading about careers in science from text books; they are actively participating in simulated medical procedures at nationally recognized institutions including Cedars-Sinai and UCLA Medical Centers. This academic school year, MSA introduced a new program for students in which they receive hands-on experience simulating surgeries and other procedures in fully equipped operating rooms at the Cedars Simulation Lab. MSA Coordinator Colleen Lynch said, “This is the first year that we’ve incorporated the Women’s Guild Simulation Center for Advanced Clinical Skills at Cedars. It’s been an exciting hands-on immersive experience for our students.” 

Lynch explained that students have simulated robotic surgeries with $2 million DaVinci robot and with laparoscopic surgeries as well as learning suturing skills.  “Our MSA students are trained at the Sim lab by Cedars’ residents. In addition, this year our students have been trained in airway management, operating room equipment, sterilization, gastroenterology scopes, endoscopy, colonoscopy, bronchoscopy). We are looking forward to the remaining training sessions in reproductive medicine, ethics, trauma Simulation, cardiology, anesthesia, and clinical procedures,” she said.

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