Saturday, June 15, 2013

World Journal of Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery - Student Publishes Article

Junior, Ashley Nguyen has not let any obstacle keep her from making an instant impact on the medical field.  With the help of her mentor, Dr. Kristine Guleserian, Ashley was able to publish an article "Surgical Repair of a Ventricular Septal Defect in a Child with Situs Inversus Totalis and Dextrocardia: a Case Report" in the World Journal of Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery.

About Dr. Guleserian:

Dr. Guleserian, also known as Dr. G, serves as an attending cardiothoracic surgeon and the surgical director of pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon at the Children's Medical Center of Dallas. Along side that, she is also an associate professor at UT Southwestern Medical School.

Dr. G graduate college from Harvard University with a concentration on the Greek language. She then went on to get her medical degree at the Boston College of Medicine.

Aside from performing surgery on children as young as a few days old, Dr. Guleserian also focuses some of her time on research. She is the author of numerous articles documenting her findings and thoughts on topics that are quite new to medical literature. 

Friday, June 14, 2013

Special Perceptions - ISM Student Making an Impact

ISM II student, Morgan Fritz has created a blog called "Special Perceptions" to help those in need.  Check out her blog (Click >>)

Before I begin posting campaign successes, I wanted to explain why I am doing what I am doing. My sister has Down syndrome, my uncle has Williams syndrome, and my mother is a special education teacher. Therefore, I have been surrounded by the "special needs" community my whole life.
My junior year of high school, I began my two-year journey in the Independent Study and Mentorship program at my high school where I have had the opportunity to study in-depth the profession of speech-language pathology. While shadowing speech-language pathologists, I fell even more in love with children and people with intellectual disabilities and felt that that speech-language pathology was my calling. When the special education coordinator at my school came to one of my extracurricular club's meetings asking for ideas and volunteers to help her with coordinating White Ribbon Week (national disability awareness week), I gladly stepped up to help her. I made signs, involved my fellow cheerleaders, hung white ribbons around the school, ran disability simulation activities at all lunches, created a banner for students to sign pledging to never use the word "retarded" derogatorily, and made a video advertising disability awareness including testimonials from people with disabilities that was played on Liberty's weekly broadcast. More information can be found on the Frisco ISD website at the following link:

http://www.friscoisd.org/news/inside/inside-frisco-isd/2012/12/07/white-ribbon-week

           Moreover, after I saw the change the pledge and the entire advertisement had on my classmates, I knew I had to take the campaign to the next level as part of my Independent Study and Mentorship speech-language pathology product. I named the campaign "Special Perceptions," and I will be posting pictures, videos, and updates on the status and success of this campaign on this blog. Hopefully, through special perceptions, others with understand how people with special needs need to be perceived and treated. Using the word "retarded" derogatorily, even if not meant in a negative way, hurts the person with intellectual disabilities as well as his or her family and friends. Thank you for your support!