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HESTEC Quick Hit: High school seniors help solve medical mystery at HESTEC Student Leadership Day

Dr. Michael Collard, visiting associate professor of biomedical sciences at the UTRGV School of Medicine, spoke with visiting students about innovations in medical education, during HESTEC 2016’s Student Leadership Day, Tuesday, Oct. 4, at the Fieldhouse on the Edinburg Campus. (UTRGV Photo by Paul Chouy)

By Jennifer L. Berghom

EDINBURG, TEXAS – OCT. 4, 2016 – High school seniors from Lasara and La Villa high schools were tasked with finding out what was causing a 13-year-old boy to have extreme fatigue, during a breakout session featuring the School of Medicine at HESTEC 2016’s Student Leadership Day.

Using a problem-based learning software program, the students asked the virtual patient and his mother questions, and ordered a series of tests and scans, to find out why an otherwise healthy and athletic boy has spent the past year sleeping 11 hours a day and taking 30- to 60-minute naps upon returning home from school.

They determined the boy suffered from a heart defect that restricted blood flow from the aorta, the heart’s main blood vessel.

The exercise, led by Dr. Michael Collard, visiting associate professor of biomedical sciences at the UTRGV School of Medicine, was used to show how technology is changing the way students are taught medicine.

“Even if you don’t go into medical school, what this process we just did is called is ‘problem-based learning,’” Collard said.

“The fact that you’ve been motivated to do this – it’s going to stay with you much longer than if a teacher just told you what’s going on. … You can apply problem-based learning to any facet of education.”


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