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Riverwatch Middle students present mock hospitals to Lambert seniors
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Riverwatch Middle School students gave presentations to high school seniors completing the medical pathway at Lambert High School on Wednesday. - photo by Micah Green

Classrooms at Riverwatch Middle School were filled with health care professionals Wednesday, but probably ones the community has not met yet.

Seventh graders in advanced science at the school on James Burgess Road in south Forsyth gave presentations to high school seniors completing the medical pathway at Lambert High School as a culmination of six weeks of research and collaboration.

“They’re actually getting graded on everything, on their hospital branding, so they created a logo and a name and mission statement, on their professionalism, on their personal presentation,” said Sarah Stream, one of the teachers leading the project.

Students began working on their project in January, where they were tasked with creating a mock hospital. Each student was given a specialty, such as cardiology, pulmonology or infectious diseases.

“They actually created a 3D model to show as their specialties,” said Melodi Shanks, the other teacher who planned the project.

Groups were given a medical scenario “from us as triage nurses,” Shanks said. They had to review a patient’s symptoms and medical history and come up with a diagnosis and treatment for the presentation.

“We had a patient named Mr. A who was having trouble breathing, and we showed them how he had acute asthma,” said Justin Haskins, a seventh grader in one of the groups.

He said their research included looking up diagnoses and cures.

One of his group members, Suma Venkatesh, said parents of other students in their group are doctors, so they also talked to them to get information on diagnoses.

Haskins said one of the Lambert students they presented to talked about possible jobs in the health care industry and “what we could do if we wanted to become health care people.”

“They were very well-spoken and confident. They knew what they were talking about,” said Ashleigh Nyasema, a senior at Lambert.

Nyasema said she was impressed with one group that made a clay model and one that made a video for their project.

“You can tell,” she said, “they care a lot about they they’re doing.”