The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and Northwell Health’s Center for Workforce Readiness has named Jericho High School the winner of its sixth annual Medical Marvels Competition. The Medical Marvels Program was developed to encourage Long Island high school students in 9th and 10th grades to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). This year’s competition asked participants to hypothesize approaches to end the opioid crisis on Long Island and across the United States.
“The goal of the Medical Marvels program is to help students gain a deeper understanding of how their classroom curriculum can be applied to real-world scenarios and help improve lives,” said Cheryl Davidson, senior director of Northwell Health Center for Workforce Readiness. “The Feinstein Institute and Northwell Health look to engage and excite students each year fresh to develop a fresh approach to solving current health issues.”
Entrants in the competition put themselves in the shoes of a representative from the New York State Department of Health and developed a way to reduce the misuse of opioids and the number of deaths associated with it. Along with forming a solution, each team had to strategize how best to encourage opioid abusers to use their solution, therefore also preventing a future epidemic. A panel of scientists, clinicians and health care administrators evaluated each proposal using the National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant scoring criteria. The team with the highest score was named the winner. Students also heard from Sandeep Kapoor, MD, director of Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) and assistant professor of Medicine at Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell about ways that they can be ambassadors for this critical issue.
Jericho High School approach suggested using digital tools, such as facial recognition, microchips, opioid patches and an App with live chat, to assist with early detection and treatment.
“We value programs like Medical Marvels because they foster the fascination and talent of future scientists,” said Kevin J. Tracey, MD, president & CEO of the Feinstein Institute. “We must encourage and support the next generation of scientists so that we continue to produce knowledge that cures disease.”
Runner-ups included second place finisher Elwood John Glenn High School and North Shore High School in third place.
The Medical Marvels program believes in the academic promise of all students, and that by investing in their ideas, the future health and well-being of our community will be served. They also believe that by investing in youth and giving them a sense of place and responsibility for problem solving in the community, a community ensures that it will have bright and capable future leaders for STEM careers. Medical Marvels is an annual program. Any New York State-accredited educational institution in Nassau or Suffolk counties is eligible to participate.
# # #
About the Feinstein Institute
The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research is the research arm of Northwell Health, the largest healthcare provider in New York. Home to 50 research laboratories and to clinical research throughout dozens of hospitals and outpatient facilities, the Feinstein Institute includes 4,000 researchers and staff who are making breakthroughs in molecular medicine, genetics, oncology, brain research, mental health, autoimmunity, and bioelectronic medicine – a new field of science that has the potential to revolutionize medicine. For more information about how we empower imagination and pioneer discovery, visit FeinsteinInstitute.org