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GLOBAL HEALTH
UCLA Anesthesiologists Pivot to
Virtual Classroom Visits to Support
CSA Partnership, Engage Local High
School Biomedical Science Students
Sophia P. Poorsattar, MD
mong the many things
missed at UCLA as
the pandemic lingered on:
the faculty and residents
had no chance in 2020 to
visit local high schools
and talk to students about
careers in anesthesiology
and healthcare. These visits
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have been a highlight every year for the physicians
and students alike. Determined to not to let COVID-19
stand in their way, UCLA anesthesiology faculty
and residents reimagined this once exclusively inperson
program and made virtual visits to the local
classrooms starting again in February 2021, through
their partnership with the California Society of
Anesthesiologists (CSA) and the nonprofit education
organization Project Lead the Way (PLTW).
Background
Since launching the partnership in 2017, UCLA's
Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative
Medicine and CSA have supported the implementation
of a four-year elective biomedical curriculum
developed by PLTW in three local public high schools:
El Segundo High School, Venice High School, and the
Girls Academic Leadership Academy (GALA) at Los
Angeles High School.
As a nonprofit organization, PLTW's mission is to
inspire and empower students to " thrive in an evolving
world " via their established learning pathways in
STEMM (science, technology, engineering, medicine,
mathematics) topics. The aim is not just to develop
the students' technical skills, but also their ability to
reason critically and creatively, communicate, and
collaborate. Further, PLTW equips teachers with
the training, resources, and support they need to
make this happen at the classroom level. The PLTW
biomedical science programs affiliated with the three
high schools all receive financial support from the
CSA Foundation for Education. To learn more and to
make a financial contribution to the CSA Foundation
to support this important work, visit http://csahq.org/
about-us/csa-foundation.
The anesthesiology department at UCLA complements
the PLTW classroom curriculum by fostering curiosity
about biomedical topics and inspiring young students
to pursue education and careers in biomedical
fields. Since the inception of the CSA/UCLA/PLTW
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