In the Shelter and Out in the Community

Katherine Unger Baillie

Penn Vet

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

"Watson is now translating that experience back to Penn Vet and to Philadelphia. She has been working with Penn’s Netter Center for Community Partnerships and Perelman School of Medicine to expand the Pipeline Program, which has since 1998 provided West Philadelphia high school students the chance to deeply engage in science. The Pipeline Program goes beyond textbook lessons to see how practicing researchers and clinicians—as well as undergraduate and graduate students at Penn—use science to probe medical mysteries and find answers that have an impact on societal health.

This school year, the program has added a 12th-grade curriculum focused on veterinary medicine, which Watson is leading with Penn Vet students. The high school students will explore commonalities between human and animal medicine and also focus on humane education, including lessons on animal welfare, ethics, and empathy. 

'Bringing in the vet school will give really nice, different perspectives on health care, and help foster the students’ interest in science,' says Dr. Sharon Lewis, Director of the Pipeline Program and Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology at Penn Medicine."

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