Cabrini Laurel DenniesLaurel Dennies’17 completed the STAR Student Medical Program at Ochsner Hospital this summer.

Laurel was one of only 16 students selected to participate from more than 100 students who applied from the state of Louisiana.

Students experienced one-on-one job shadows in the specialties of their choice; toured departments; visited Elmwood Fitness Center; observed presentations from physicians, physicians’ assistants, nurse practitioners, and nurses; worked with the da Vinci robot; conducted experiments in the iLab with Ochsner research scientists; witnessed a surgery via web camera; obtained CPR certification; took medical terminology courses; enjoyed lunch with University of Queensland medical students; and more.

The 5-week program focuses on scientific research, practical medicine, and leadership. The STAR program provides qualified high school students a cost-free opportunity to explore the world of healthcare. Through a rigorous, hands-on summer course focusing on science, technology, academics, and research, STAR aims to engage and inspire students to pursue further education and careers in science and medicine.