For the past four years, I have had the pleasure of teaching the Medical Magnet class at Calvary. Each year I am extremely excited to have a new group of seniors that are not only great academic students but also have a desire within them to pursue a potential career in the medical field. It has been a wonderful experience for me because it has given me a chance to discuss some of the passions as I was a Biology major at the University of Georgia. Each day gives us a chance to look at how incredible the human body really is and discuss how something with so much intricacy could not have taken place by happenstance, without an incredible creator. Although this class is exciting for me, it can occasionally become too routine for the students as we have a tremendous amount of information and medical terminology to cover. With that in mind, this year I decided to switch things up and give the students some voice within the class about the material discussed.
Every other week, we have a “TED Talk” Friday. A different student spends time scouring through TED talks to find one that relates to medicine or the medical field and is also very interesting to them. They then type a short response discussing why they chose the specific video and how they feel it is relevant to our class and their peers. We watch the video in class on the designated Friday and have a class discussion about what each student took away from the talk.
One of the videos chosen this year is found at the link below. If you have a chance, take time to watch and think about what your response may be to how it spoke to you and your life. It was amazing to see how this video truly got the students to begin to question how so much of life has become less and less about “real” interactions with the people around us and points to how many of us have become too “busy” to engage with people in a genuine way with. One of my favorite segments of the video takes place between 2:22 and 4:40 where he discusses the incredible perceptiveness of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and how that ability give him a unique understanding of the people around him. This video continued to remind me of how important it is for our school to be aware of the opportunities we have every day to invest in the lives of the people around us, and if we are lucky, impact them in a way that has a lasting effect. These TED Talks have provided an incredible opportunity to discuss many different aspects of life with the students and have sparked deep discussions about topics that go far beyond the medical field. It has allowed the students to gain a greater understanding of some real world applications of the information they are learning each day and has given each of us in class a glance into the passions of each student, finding out more information about them based on their TED Talk choice.