A group of high school students who have spent their senior year exploring careers in the medical field at Oswego Hospital will share some of what they have learned with members of the community.
At the end of each school year, Oswego Hospital’s New Vision students from this Oswego BOCES program typically complete individual projects requiring them to research a disease.
This year, however, the students decided to work together on a single project that would benefit their community and decided to host two educational days on diabetes.
The New Vision event will be held May 27 and 29 from 9 to 11 a.m. and then from noon to 2 p.m. both days in the lobbies of Oswego Hospital, the Oswego Health Services Center, the Fulton Urgent Care Center and the Fulton Health Center.
“The students wanted to give something back to their community,” said instructor Kimberly Wright. “They became aware of the prevalence of diabetes in the community and saw how this disease impacts residents during their various hospital rotations and thought they could develop some helpful resources.”
Assisting the students with the project has been Oswego Hospital Diabetes Educator Susan Callaway.
“The students really embraced the subject and worked hard to create materials that are informative and easy to read,” Callaway said.
The students hope that community members will visit one of their four event locations to learn more about diabetes.
Among the materials they will have available is an informational brochure on the three types of diabetes, a research guide with local resources for diabetics, a helpful website, as well as interactive displays.
“We wanted to educate the community about this disease and offer some guides on how to prevent diabetes and how to live with it, as well as the services available locally,” said Evan Davis, of Oswego.
As they researched the project, the students were surprised at some of misconceptions about diabetes. “I learned that you don’t have to be overweight to acquire diabetes,” said Meghan LiVoti, also of Oswego. “I certainly gained a better understanding of the disease.”
Davis added, “I learned that diabetes is a very subtle disease, as the symptoms are not always obvious and can be developed over a long period of time.”
During the past school year, the New Vision students, who are high school seniors, have spent the school year learning two days a week about healthcare careers through rotations at Oswego Hospital.
The rotations included learning opportunities in the surgery center, laboratory, medical imaging, biomedical engineering and the business office, among others.