Imhotep Charter High Schoolpartnered with Albert EinsteinHealthcare Network and National Coalition of 100 Black Women of Philadelphia for an Operating Room Simulation Lab and panel discussion. Students gained understanding, knowledge, and experience in blood loss. Students also learned aboutthe career opportunities associated with the Operating Room, and gained hands-on experience with healthcare providers running a simulated operating room. The operating room simulation was staged in the Imhotep College and Career Center. Participants learned and demonstrated OR procedures under the direction of some of the region's top professionals who work at Einstein under the Jefferson Health Care Systems.
The morning will began with registration and breakfast from 9:00 AM to 9:30 AM. Followed by our morning libation, icebreakers and welcome until 10:30 am. The presentation of “Blood loss in trauma and gunshot wounds” and a panel discussion on the importance of representation of African Americans in the Operating Room will be, presented by Albert Einstein Healthcare representatives, will take place from 10:45 am to 12:00 pm. Various healthcare professionals will explain their roles and responsibility and students will have an opportunity to ask questions. The day concluded with the OR simulated lab and presentation Students actively tried to save the lives of patients.
This year Imhotep was selected by Einstein to have the meaning of Juneteenth and posters that are displayed in three of the Jefferson Healthcare Network hospitals of Imhotep students. Juneteenth tee shirts is an annual fundraiser that raises money for educational institutions in the Einstein community. This year Imhotep Institute Charter High School was selected as the recipient. The proceeds of the sales were announced by officials of Einstein at the end of the OR Simulated Lab. Over $6,000 will be donated to Imhotep to continue to grow there STEM classrooms.
Through the support of the The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc.Pennsylvania Chapter, as a recipient of the 2021-2022 PECO Corporate Giving Grant, a 3-D printer will be presented. In the upcoming school year, students will have the opportunity to build tourniquets using a 3D printer. The goal is to send the tourniquets to Ukraine. The war in Ukraine has already cost too many lives that could have been saved. A tourniquet is a simple first-aid device, used to stop traumatic blood loss. It is the quickest way to prevent a person from bleeding out. According to the school's STEM Director, Shirley Posey, “Exposure and experience is the great equalizer, when we allow students to see themselves in certain spaces we can open the floodgate for diversity”
Imhotep Institute Charter High School is a not-for-profit African Centered STEM Public Charter School, established in 1998. Celebrating its 25th Anniversary, the event and partnerships are part of the renewed commitment to the vision of the institution, whose mission focuses on African Centered STEM Pedagogy. African Centered STEM (ACS) is a culturally responsive, inquiry based, experiential approach to teaching and learning, which roots the exploration and application of Science, Technology Engineering, and Math in the history, culture, and value system of African people. ACS attempts to improve the conditions and promote the sustainability of African and diasporan communities locally and globally.
Using African Centered Pedagogy and project-based learning models, Imhotep will continue to engage its scholars in seeking real world solutions to problems as agents of change and vehicles for transformation worldwide while exposing scholars to career and entrepreneurial exploration in the STEM fields in which African Americans and Latinos represent less than 8% of STEM professionals. Imhotep welcomes partnerships and donations. For more information on how you can support our STEM programs., contact Shirley Posey, Director of STEM. [email protected]