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Jacobs Institute accepting reservations for Brain Boot Camp

Want to get a flavor for a prospective career in medicine or health sciences?

The Jacobs Institute on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is accepting reservations from educators for Brain Boot Camp sessions for middle and high school students. It's an opportunity to learn more about strokes, heart attacks and what medical simulators are all about.

To learn more and apply for a specific session, educators should check out the Boot Camp website.

"We really encourage the public schools to come," said Allison Kupferman, manager for communications and outreach for the institute. "It's really a unique opportunity for students who want to stay in Buffalo in the health, science and engineering field."

In its fourth year, the program has drawn several hundred students from a blend of public and private schools.

The institute is ramping up its program bookings for the 2017-18 school year. Each school accepted is allowed one visit per year in grades 7 through 12. The camp sessions accommodate 30 students.

Teachers can select from a variety of interactive modules: learning the signs and symptoms of heart attack and stroke; minimally invasive treatments for heart attack and stroke; heart- and brain-healthy nutrition; performing a practice surgery on a Mentice medical simulator; understanding how the Jacobs Institute uses 3D-printed models of blood vessels; and, if age-appropriate, watching a prerecorded vascular surgery.

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