KY Girls STEM Collaborative West Kentucky Forum - Health Care/Biological Science Track

Public event
Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 4:00pm - 6:30pm
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Western Kentucky Community & Technical College, Emerging Technology Center
4810 Alben Barkley Drive
Paducah, KY 42001
United States
Phone: (270) 442-3174

The Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce Business Education Partnership in partnership with the Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative invites female students, parents, businesses, and community members to participate in a regional forum to educate, encourage, and present STEM disciplines to young girls and provide hands on activites in healthcare and biological sciences.

Four sessions will be presented, each 25 minutes long.  See additional information below:

Session A – Radiography
You will learn the processes by which x-ray images are taken of various parts of the human body and how they are used to diagnose many different health problems.  You will get to examine some traditional x-ray films as well as see them presented on a computer screen.  Radiography safety will also be discussed.

Session B – Sonography
Sonograms are used to visualize internal organs and structures in the human body through the use of reflecting “sound” waves.   Sonography can produce real time images without the danger of radiation.  You will get to see how sonography equipment works and learn the applications for which it is particularly useful.

Session C – Nursing
Nursing has traditionally been a field dominated by women, although more men are entering the field in recent years.  You will learn about the different levels of nursing credentials, the skills that each level requires, the important tools and instruments that nurses must be capable to use, and how important the nurse is to the total health care of patients.   

Session D – Family Practice MD
A general or family practice doctor sees the full spectrum of human ailments from tick bites to broken bones to acute appendicitis.  While they may refer many patients to a specialist for treatment, a family practice doctor must be able to diagnose the likely cause of an ailment using some of the instruments covered in the other sessions.  You will learn what is involved to become an MD, the range of services that a family practice doctor provides, and how they make their diagnoses of medical problems in patients.  


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