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partnership, anesthesiology residents and faculty
have visited classrooms, providing hands-on
experience on a variety of topics including point-ofcare
ultrasound and airway management. The high
school students have also visited the UCLA Simulation
Center for an immersive learning experience.
Post-pandemic Efforts
These engagements came to a halt in the spring
of 2020 when hospitals became overwhelmed with
COVID-19 patients and schools were forced to
close their doors. By the start of 2021, many people
learned to adapt to a new normal, and resuming this
important engagement with the community was a
priority for all members of the partnership. With a
desire to maintain the mission to provide mentorship
and role-modeling for these young aspiring scientists,
Dr. Sophia Poorsattar, the UCLA PLTW Partnership
Program Director and CSA Foundation for Education
Board Member, worked with the high school PLTW
faculty to look for innovative approaches to resuming
the program at a distance.
The first set of virtual visits in the winter of 2021
focused first on the various pathways to careers
in medicine and what it is like to work as an
anesthesiologist. This was paired with a problembased
learning discussion on airway assessment and
management utilizing pre-recorded videos and live
virtual demonstrations, a collaboration by several
UCLA anesthesiology faculty and residents.
At El Segundo High School, UCLA anesthesiology
department members led this virtual program with an
audience of nearly 80 students as well as districtwide
Drs. Colby Tanner and Aanchal Prakash demonstrate airway techniques to students at El Segundo High School.
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