On Monday, January 13, 2014, Liz Stellrecht and Linda Lohr were privileged to attend a stimulating debate on the topic: “Resolved: End of Life Care should be rationed” at the VA Hospital presented by students involved in the Erie 1 BOCES:Connections Health Related Careers program. As described by Erie 1 Boces, “This 1-year “New Visions” program gives honors-level high school seniors the opportunity to observe careers in many allied health areas through a mentor relationship with a practicing professional. This 4 credit program includes Anatomy, Physiology and Disease, Health Core/Internship, English 12 and Social Studies: Participation in Government & Economics. Each of these 1 credit courses is integrated into the curriculum. Students spend three hours each day at a designated hospital site taking course work and observing all aspects of health careers.” The two hospitals involved are Veterans and Millard Fillmore Suburban. Guided by Christine Tillman, the enthusiastic instructor of this group, the students did an excellent job of presenting their points and their hard work and research was most evident.
Christine and her students, past and present, have had a “connection” with the Health Sciences Library as well. Over the past years Christine’s students have come to the library to learn basic research skills from a librarian, most recently Liz Stellrecht, who instructs the students on how to locate and evaluate quality health sciences literature using UB Libraries’ resources. Following the instruction session, the students spend time in the History of Medicine Collection exploring old books and medical instruments. Christine was most kind in publicly acknowledging the help provided to the students by the Health Sciences Library and hopefully this wonderful relationship will continue in the future!