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Stephanie Raper
In the Loop Editor


Medical Detectives

Lifesaving skills are always important, but during a pandemic, they become extremely important! The Grenada Middle School Project Lead the Way Medical Detectives class recently upped their medical knowledge during a CPR/AED certification course.

The course allowed students to gain proficiencies that might one day save a life. Seth Loman, an instructor with CPR Stars from Brandon, Mississippi, conducted the training that allowed students to practice performing CPR, learn the heimlich maneuver, and become familiar with an automated external defibrillator (AED) in an emergency situation. Each student was required to pass a hands-on practical test of these methods to receive their two year Emergency Response Certification.

CPR training

The Medical Detectives class is taught by Mr. Ryan Melton. Seventeen students are enrolled in the class, which gives students the opportunity to research and diagnose many diseases and ailments.

Medical Detectives explores the biomedical sciences through hands-on projects and labs that require students to solve a variety of medical mysteries. One of the first projects for students this year was to conduct an investigation into how COVID 19 has spread through Mississippi and how each county affects the others.

During the course of the year, GMS Medical Detectives will also complete a sheep brain dissection, looking for different areas that might be affected by tumors. Students will also investigate medical careers, vital signs, and human body systems such as the nervous system. They will end the course by completing a series of crime scene investigations.

Students enrolled in the class include Makayla Ballard, Addison Bloodworth, Abigail Crouch, Drew Dalton, Trinity Davis, Seth Dorroh, Gerald Jackson, Shasta Jones, Jack Leslie, Kaleb McDonald, James Pernell, Eli Pollan, Abigail Presley, Leasiah Taylor, Ciara Townes, Jane Wicker, and Mallory Willis.