Aspiring MDs at St. Dominic High School Get “Hands on Heart Lab” from St. Francis Cardiac Surgeons

ROSLYN, NY, May 15, 2017 – 140 students at St. Dominic High School in Oyster Bay got a hands on experience today on the structure and function of the heart from two top cardiothoracic surgeons from St. Francis Hospital. Lawrence Durban, M.D., and Albert C. DiMeo, M.D., conducted three labs in the school’s state-of-the-art science lab - teaching the aspiring doctors how to dissect pig hearts. Every student got a heart to dissect.

“We think this is a wonderful opportunity for our next generation of doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers to get a firsthand look at the marvels of medicine,” says Ronald J. Gulotta, M.D., VP of Medical Affairs & Chief Medical Officer at St. Francis. “It’s a perfect opportunity to bring two of our outstanding physicians to a lab setting that’s designed to inspire students in science and technology.”

The program is an outgrowth of the school’s STEM Program, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. It’s designed to give students an accelerated track to these four academic fields before they enter college. The initiative began through a $10 million endowment and partnership with Cold Spring Harbor Lab.

“The Hands on Heart Lab is an extraordinary opportunity for our students, especially those interested in pursuing careers in medicine. Our STEM Program is often cited as the reason why students choose St. Dominic High School. We are extremely grateful to Mr. Paul Woodstock and Drs. Durban and DiMeo for helping make this day possible,” says Maureen Appel, Principal.

The St. Francis surgeons taught two simultaneous labs in the morning and one session in the afternoon. The doctors hope that the students’ hands-on experience may inspire them to take up medicine as their chosen field.

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