ASHTABULA — High school students had a hands-on learning experience walking a patient from injury through rehabilitation Friday at Kent State University Ashtabula.

The “Flash Medical Center” started with a simulated injury outside a lecture hall and continued throughout the day from radiology, to nursing and beyond.

“We were just trying to think of ways for high school students to understand the health (care) in a hands-on experience,” said Julie Mirabell, KSUA Occupational Therapy Program director. “We tried to create one half General Hospital and combine it with the day in life of a health care worker.”

Twenty-two students from Ashtabula and Lake counties participated in

the all-day program at the Ashtabula campus. Mirabell, and fellow organizers Amanda Dolan, director of

enrollment management and student services, and Megan Krippel, admissions coordinator, said the students came from many area high schools including Lakeside, Conneaut, A-Tech, Grand Valley and Pymatuning Valley.

Prior to the event, parents and school officials said they were excited about the hands-on nature of the event, Krippel said.

“(The students) really get a taste for what the career is like,” Dolan said.

Mirabell said the organizers structured it to highlight the importance of teamwork and life-long learning.

The creation of the day-long plan involved the coordination of five different departments and involved volunteers including the “victim” Gary Misch, lab coordinator, who agreed to “fall from a ladder.”

“There was some acting involved,” Mirabell said.

Kristy Call, of the

financial aid department, played the victim’s wife and came dashing into the nursing area emotionally asking questions and seeking help from the “staff.”

The students were called into action to help with each part of the experience.

“I like it. It is fun, very hands on,” said Tiffany Hammond, a sophomore at Madison High School.

The students were able to help work the X-ray machine and transfer the patient to a bed, among other unique experiences.

“It is really cool. I like how we get to work” with the college students and professionals, said Xiao Lin, a student at A-Tech from the Lakeside school system.

A bonus for the

students was the possibility of winning a scholarship for their work during the seminar, Krippel said. A simulated medical mystery was part of the event and the three students who handled it best would receive scholarships for Kent State University Ashtabula.

She said organizers will evaluate

the students responses and choose the

three winners ($1,500, $750 and $500 scholarships) in about a month.