Carroll Medical Academy’s 2012 Medical Professionals Breakfast/Career Day was held on Thursday, Feb. 9 at Trophy Country Club and was a great success. This annual event allows students in the Medical Academy program to hear presentations from and interact with, medical professions in the North Texas area. This year over 30 professionals from a wide range of medical, dental, veterinary, and bio-technical fields offered their time to further enrich our students’ education and understanding of the medical opportunities that can be studied and pursued in their future academic and professional careers.
CMA is pleased that the Breakfast has grown considerably each year among both students and area professionals. 16 medical experts returned again to present, and 15 new professionals were able to contribute and impart their medical knowledge to the just under 200 CMA program participants. Physicians participating for the first time included Dr. Amy Burton and Dr. Bryan Dickson, both pediatric endocrinologists at Children’s Medical Center. The Medical Academy takes great pride that Children’s Medical Center is the program’s major sponsor for the 2011-2012 school year.
Each class of students was directed through a rotation of presenters whose area of expertise was appropriate to their grade and advanced study level, each professional spending 20 minutes with small groups. Presentations included multi-media as well as hands on opportunities with state of the art technologies used in daily physician’s practices and research.
The Carroll Medical Academy is an advanced high school academic tract for students interested in pursuing careers within the medical field. The program is designed for students from grades 9-12 who qualify under very specific program guidelines. Carroll Medical Academy offers a math and science intensive curriculum beginning the freshman year of high school. Students who enter the program benefit in many ways from the curriculum offered. In addition to the event on Feb. 9, CMA students are provided with specialized training in CPR or first aide certification, visits to medical facilities, exposure to unique summer internships and the ability to participate in distance learning. Senior CMA students enroll in spring internship courses where they follow alongside mentors at a variety of medical practices in our area.
Carroll ISD believes the opportunities made available to our students through the Carroll Medical Academy will continue to enrich and encourage participants as they work toward their goal of a career in medicine. District officials that attended the Breakfast in support of the Program were Superintendent Dr. David Faltys, Assistant Superintendent for Student Services Dr. JJ Villareal, CHS and CSHS Principals PJ Giamanco and Mike Rhodes, and Coordinator of Counseling Rebecca Rollins. CMA is proud to be sponsored by Children’s Medical Center for the 2011-2012 academic year