Southern Ocean Medical Center Launches Mini-Medical School

Manahawkin, NJ – Students of Southern Regional High School got a taste of what it’s like to be a physician by attending Hackensack Meridian Health Southern Ocean Medical Center’s first annual mini-medical school. More than 100 juniors and seniors interested in the medical and health professions participated in the six-session educational enrichment program, March 6 through April 17.

“Medical school is a dream for many, and for students nearing the end of their high school careers who want to find out if the health care field is for them, a mini-medical school can be the first step on the path to reaching that goal,” said David S. Kountz, M.D., MBA, FACP, program director and co-chief academic officer of Hackensack Meridian Health.

“By partnering with Southern Regional High School, we are inspiring the next generation of health care professionals with informative, interactive sessions taught by our experienced and knowledgeable  physicians and health professionals, who are committed to redefining the future of health care,” said Dean Q. Lin, MHA, MBA, FACHE, FCPP, regional president of Hackensack Meridian Health.

The opening session featured an introduction of the medical field by Dr. Kountz and, an interactive question and answer session by two medical students about what it is like to be in medical school. The ongoing weekly informative sessions featured guest speakers and hands-on demonstrations by Southern Ocean Medical Center’s expert physicians including: Kimberly A. Hogan, M.D., Francis J. Schanne, M.D., and Paul Mastrokyriakos, D.O. Students also had the opportunity to learn about various heath care professions during a panel discussion hosted by the medical center’s allied health practitioners.

“The young men and women who participated in the program were truly exceptional – not just because of their academic abilities, but these students were serious about defining their particular interest in health care and the next phase of their educational career,” explained Craig Henry, superintendent of Southern Regional High School. “They attended all six sessions and worked attentively to gain a better understanding of the art and science of medicine.”

The mini-med school concluded with a graduation ceremony with friends and family on Tuesday, April 17, with guest speaker and retired pediatrician, Richard Goldstein, M.D.

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