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Creighton University Health Sciences High School Academy

Summer High School Training Opportunity

As the COVID pandemic has significantly disrupted face-to-face and in hospital teaching for pre-clinical medical students, so too has it affected the opportunities for pre-med learners to obtain authentic clinical inpatient and outpatient experiences.  
In response to this community need, we wish to offer to the pre-medical learner an opportunity to interact with health sciences students and faculty from Creighton Health Sciences Campus in a summer educational experience that provides authentic exposure to the different fields within health sciences careers with an emphasis on the direct application of that knowledge to functional hands-on clinical skills acquisition in a safe, simulated patient environment.  

This program is intended for high school students and recently graduated high school students prior to entering their first year of higher education across the valley who are ages 16 and older with interest in any field within Health Sciences.

We aim to make the program inclusive of all interested persons. Thanks to a generous grant from the Dignity Health St. Joseph's Foundation, accepted applicants attend at no cost.  


Kayla Gray

Director of Health Sciences
Anatomy Lab



This program involves work with cadaveric donors and is highly sensitive. Thus, participation in the program requires that participants be at least 16 years of age and have written parental consent.

Educational Component

Learning Objectives

  • Gain a functional understanding of basic anatomy and physiology through didactic lessons and hands on mannequin simulation
  • Learn clinically relevant skills pertinent to each of those organ systems
  • Synthesize this knowledge in a workup, interview, diagnosis, and development of a treatment plan for a live actor SP (simulated patient) in a simulated ward environment
  • Gain exposure to ultra high fidelity anatomic dissection and procedural/operative skills in our cadaveric wet lab
  • Obtain certification in Stop the Bleed, refresh Basic Life Support CPR, obtain First Responder skills
  • Leverage networking opportunities to learn more about what life is like as a health sciences professional and what a career in medicine entails

Program Details

Program Dates: June 12-16, 2023
Location: Creighton University and Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. MST
Parking provided

Cost: Thanks to a generous grant from the Dignity Health St. Joseph's Hospital Foundation, accepted applicants attend at no cost. Participants are provided with shirts, lunch, supplies, personal protective equipment, and materials.

Applications are closed. 

Below is a sample schedule based on last year’s programming. We plan on having a 5-day program with different focuses each day. This is subject to change based on faculty availability and interest.

Day One

8:30-8:45 a.m. – Reflection and Prayer
8:45-9:30 a.m. – Introduction and Icebreakers
9:30-10 a.m. – Introduction to medical humanities and the ethics/respect for donor and simulation space
10 a.m.-12 p.m. – Anatomy Overview with Integration of Physical Examination
12-12:30 p.m. – Lunch
12:30-2 p.m. – Stop the Bleed Certification Course in Sonntag Pavilion
2-3:30 p.m. – Reflection

Day Two

8:30-8:45 a.m. – Reflection and Prayer
8:45-11 a.m. – History Taking Overview (Coan)

  • Brick Test
  • Group Activities with Institute Provided Standardized Patients

11-11:30 a.m. – Lunch
11:30-3 p.m. – Suture Pad Large Group

  • Small group pull outs (1 Hour Per Group)
    • Intubation
    • Ultrasound- Fast Exam
    • Simulation Heart and Lung Mannequin

3-3:30 p.m. – Reflection

Day Three

8:30-08:45 a.m. – Reflection and Prayer
8:45-11 a.m. – Musculoskeletal Overview

  • Discussion and exploration of the anatomy

11-11:30 a.m. – Lunch
11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. – Application of Anatomy

  • Rotation (1 hour each)
    • Cadaveric Donor
    • C-Collar, Pelvic Binder, and Backboard Simulation
    • Fracture Case with Standardized Patient

3-3:30 p.m. – Reflection

Day Four

8:30-8:45 a.m. – Reflection and Prayer
8:45-10 a.m. – Trauma Overview

  • Day in The Life of a Trauma Surgeon
  • ABCDEs of Trauma
  • Making Medical Decisions under Time Constraints

10:15-11 a.m. – Trauma Bay Simulation
11-11:30 a.m. – Lunch
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Overview of Respiratory and Cardiac Anatomy

  • Mock Trauma on Cadaveric Donor with Thoracotomy

12:30-3 p.m. – Stitching Hope
3-3:30 p.m. – Reflection

Day Five

8:30-8:45 a.m. – Reflection and Prayer
8:45-10 a.m. – Weekly Highlights
10:15-11 a.m. – Day in the Life of a Medical Professional Panel (Nursing/OT/Med/PA/Student- mod Gray)
11-11:30 a.m. – Speed Networking with Medical Professionals Lunch
11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. – Quiz Bowl of Knowledge Obtained from the Week
3-3:30 p.m. – Reflection

There will also be a parent/guardian presentation available during the week.