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Area Students Competed in the Annual Biomedical Competition

It was check-up time for the Patriots on February 7, 2011! The U.S. National Institutes of Health and four of their institutes, National Library of Medicine, NIH Office of Communications and Public Liaison, NIH Office of Science Education, and National Human Genome Research Institute, sponsored the Patriots 2nd Annual Biomedical Competition.  Their goal was to encourage students to further their interest in various medical fields. 

We had students from Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC participating in the competition, and 10 medical professionals to serve as judges.  We also had 10 future doctors from Georgetown University Medical Center to give our guests a pre-doctor check up.  Each team was required to present a five-page research paper, brochure, slide show presentation, one-page web site, display board, and an oral presentation on one of the pre-selected medical careers.  

As witnessed, the students embraced the challenge of researching and reporting on health careers with elevated momentum.  The presentations from each team was evidence of when given the opportunity to showcase their academic abilities in the fields of science and medicine, our students excel.  The mission was accomplished and the platform was set for our future “medical interns” as they pursue their career goals.  All participating teams did a wonderful job, but there could only be one winner.  Congratulation to the Upper Marlboro Home School Plus, our 2011 Biomedical Competition Winners.

The participating schools and their subjects were:

  • Bladensburg High School, Genetics
  • Charles Flowers High School, Dentistry
  • Upper Marlboro Home School Plus, Obstetrician/Gynecologist
  • John F. Kennedy High School, Medical & Clinical Laboratory
  • Laurel High School, Nursing
  • North Stafford High School, Sports Medicine
  • Northwestern High School, Bio Chemical Engineer
  • Wilson High School, Psychiatrist

 The Judges:

  • Mike Thompson, Chairman of the Judges, Providence Hospital
  • Jennifer Barb, NIH, Center for Information Technology
  • Bradley O. Boekeloo, ScM, PhD, University of Maryland School of Public Health
  • Mario Guerrero, Ph.D., LT, MSC, USN, Naval Medical Research Center
  • Calvin Jackson, NIH Office of Communications and Public Liaison
  • Beverly A. Dandridge, MSN, FNP, MSAJS, CCHP, CAPT, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps
  • Walter Jones, National Institute of Health
  • Andrew J. Lee, MD, Washington MedStar Physician Partners
  • Mujaji Law, Association American Medical Colleges
  • Sou Thao, Georgetown University Medical Center
  • Lily May Johnson, Association American Medical Colleges

Support was received by mentors from Howard University Public Health Laboratory, Prince George’s County Health Department, MITRE Corporation, Global Vision Foundation, US Public Health Services, Psychiatric Institute of Washington and teachers from Bladensburg, John F. Kennedy, Laurel, Woodrow Wilson and Northwestern High Schools and advisors of the National Society of Black Engineers Stafford Chapter.  The students greatly benefitted from the leadership and guidance they provided to undertake this challenge.

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