Richardson ISD Debuts New Classes in a Real Hospital

The district has embedded its health science classes within Methodist Health System’s campus on West Campbell Road in Richardson.

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With a high-tech manikin, hospital beds, and diagnostic equipment, high school students in Richardson ISD are getting a new health science experience.

Students are working in a real hospital, a 7,000-square-foot wing of the Methodist Health System’s campus on West Campbell Road in Richardson. The hospital donated the space so it could be converted into a classroom, KERA reported.

RISD officials told KERA that other schools districts do partner with hospitals, but what sets its program apart from others is embedding the classroom within the medical environment. 

Students can practice with a Laerdal manikin, a jointed model of the human body, that can simulate medical conditions such as a mild heart attack or trouble breathing.

“That allows kids to explore what they really want to do after high school and it’s free because the kids are able to jump from one course to the other,” Sandra Hayes, RISD assistant superintendent for district operations, told KERA about the program.

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