HAWTHORNE ACADEMY OF HEALTH SCIENCES
CMS is proud to introduce the Hawthorne Academy of Health Sciences, a county-wide magnet high school dedicated to the field of medicine. A $15,000,000 campus renovation, central location, and strong industry partnerships with the National Academy Foundation, Project Lead the Way, and Carolinas HealthCare Systems have positioned the Hawthorne Academy of Health Sciences as Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools' premier county-wide health sciences magnet.
The academy team offers programs of study that focus on general medicine, nursing, emergency services, and pharmacy technologies. These rigorous programs prepare high school students for success in college with a relevance that addresses growing workforce shortages in healthcare.
Click on the following link to watch our Hawthorne students featured in a public service announcement on the importance of taking to kids about underage drinking. Talk it Out is a program that is currently being implemented in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools in 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th grade health education classrooms.
Dr.Theo Nayme, a plastic surgeon with Charlotte Plastic Surgery, gave an inspiring motivational speech to our students. He follwed his speech with a lesson to the Medical Interventions class on how to do stitiches during surgery. Students and staff enjoyed the presentation.
HAHS New Honors Nursing Fundamentals Class has its first inspection.
Students will begin their 30 hours of clinicals soon.
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Teaching with Surgical Precision--Local surgeon gives lesson at Hawthorne Academy of Health Sciences
Carl Lowe Jr., a local surgeon, recently taught a 10th-grade human body systems class at Hawthorne Academy of Health Sciences. The academy offers curricula focusing on general medicine, nursing, emergency services and pharmacy technologies. "Last year, I addressed the entire student body about the path to becoming a doctor," said Lowe. "I was very excited to be invited back to do something more personalized."
School counselor Gwendolyn Rogers helps recruit speakers who work in different aspects of the medical field. Lowe specializes in laparoscopic, bariatric and gallbladder surgeries. He has 15 years of experience and is affiliated with 10 hospitals, serving as chief of surgery at Presbyterian Hospital from 2006-2010. "We look at our students' interests to determine who we should reach out to," said Rogers. "While they are here, we want them to get a real understanding of what it takes to be in the medical field."
Students learned how the organs function and how to maintain water balance and use enzymes throughout the digestive process. Lowe reviewed medical terminology, shared facts and showed two brief videos of stomach and gallbladder surgeries. "He was really in-depth with his lesson so when we get to that unit, I'm going to be more than prepared for it," said student Hanan Ali. "I want to be an anesthesiologist so getting to see the surgeries was the best part for me. My job would play an active role in stabilizing and preparing the patient for surgery." Teacher Brooke Spells said she likes when speakers with a particular specialty come into the classroom. "We will touch on the topic of the digestive system but because this is Dr. Lowe's specialty, he can discuss it in a way I can't," said Spells. "He is teaching it from the perspective of the operating room." At one point during the lesson, Lowe discussed acid reflux, also known as heartburn, and its possible causes. This resonated with Eric Casper, who wants to be a cardiothoracic surgeon, a field of medicine involved in surgical treatment of organs inside the chest such as the heart, lungs and esophagus. "I loved the visual representations and the way he broke down the different areas to make it understandable," said Eric. "I was inspired to pursue medicine by watching Grey's Anatomy so it was good to get to meet a real doctor."
Lowe's goal for the lesson was to spread knowledge and encouragement. "My uncle encouraged me to pursue medicine or law at an early age," said Lowe. "I'm a compassionate person and I love to help people so choosing to become a doctor was easy. Students here have a baseline interest in medicine, which is a great beginning. I'll gladly help to channel it in any way that I can."
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Following your heart is vital: Hawthorne Academy offers year-long freshman seminar
Ninth-grader Rashika Chamlagai has wanted a career in the medical field for as long as she can remember. Two significant events reinforced this calling — her grandmother being diagnosed with cancer and the victims of the 2015 earthquakes in her native Nepal. "When my grandmother passed away, I knew more than ever I wanted to help others," said Rashika, who aspires to be a cardiologist. "My aunt is also a nurse and helps many people but there is still a great need for good healthcare in Nepal."
Freshman Jeffrey Carter decided to explore health science careers after he watched the movie "Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story." "I'm not sure which specialty I want to work in yet but I'm interested in pediatrics, neurology and sports medicine," said Jeffrey.
Rashika and Jeffrey are among 72 ninth-graders enrolled at Hawthorne Academy of Health Sciences. A technology, engineering and math (STEM) high school, Hawthorne has an option program that combines career and work-based experiences with rigorous academic instruction. To better prepare freshmen for high school and to help them learn about the different opportunities in the health field, they are required to participate in the school's Vitals Program.
Vitals is a year-long seminar designed to develop critical thinking, literacy and math skills across all content. It also offers speakers from various medical disciplines. "We know high school is a transition and we want our incoming students to be successful," said Principal Diann Weston. "The program gives us a chance to identify and work with students who might be struggling."
The school recently held its first seminar to discuss goals, expectations and community service opportunities. Tammy Hanna, a nurse and administrator at PruittHealth, also spoke to students. She talked about her entry into the medical field and provided information about PruittHealth, a long-term health care provider.
After the presentations, students were asked to write what it meant to lead with a heart and how they could be those leaders. "Leading with heart means you find your passion and use it with your knowledge to complete a task that fills you with joy," said student Latauanna Weathers. "Because when you are doing what makes you happy, you pass that enthusiasm to others."
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Student Services sponsored a FAFSA Night on Wednesday, September 21st to offer expert financial aid advice to parents and students. What a great turnout!
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