What You’ll Learn at STAPH

The Curriculum

101_7549The Summer Talent Academy for Professions in Health offers an integrated curriculum that exposes students to the methods and skills of a variety of health professions, including, but not limited to: osteopathic medicine, nursing, and allied health careers such as exercise science, audiology/speech pathology, athletic training, physical and occupational therapy, and nutrition.

All students will learn about health professions through hands-on activities and stimulating discussions. In many sessions students will engage in simulations where they attempt to address real problems confronted by health care professionals. Students might be asked to address a major epidemic, develop a health communication campaign, organize an emergency room triage process, or respond to a bioterrorist attack. Students will get to use actual health care and medical facilities, including the ATSU cadaver lab, where students will have direct contact with real human systems and handle actual human organs; human-patient simulators, where medical students learn how to respond to actual patient crises; and biological, clinical, and exercise laboratories on both the Truman and ATSU campuses.

The Academy’s Classes

101_7541Instead of attending an individual course with an individual professor throughout the Academy (as they may have done if they previously attended Truman’s Joseph Baldwin Academy), STAPH students will learn and work together, meeting a variety of faculty and professionals in a range of health fields. Over the course of the Academy, students can expect to encounter experts from a range of professions – such as physicians, nurses, therapists, microbiologists, epidemiologists, and professors of exercise science, anatomy, and relevant disciplines in the humanities – among others.

STAPH uses a thematically-driven, problem-based curriculum. This means that students not only learn about the systems of the human body and the various professions of health care, but their classes are linked to common problems health professionals might be confronted with in their careers.

Students enrolled in STAPH can expect to:

  • Explore the systems of the human body using human cadavers.
  • Learn applicable basic medical skills, including basic lifesaver skills.
  • Explore common clinical practices in a variety of disciplines from real health and safety professionals.
  • Use computerized human patient simulators, and live actors, to safely “practice” life saving responses.

Planned Activities and Exercises

101_7498The STAPH planners have assembled an outstanding set of activities and exercises to bring medical professions to life. In fact, they have so much planned, a week almost doesn’t seem like enough! Because our faculty are drawn from area medical faculty, physicians, and field experts, we are not able to provide a full list of activities and speakers in advance. However, if you click on the schedule below from last year, you can a sampling of typical content. We’ll update this list, as well as our faculty list, as the staff is confirmed.

  • Work with human cadavers in the ATSU cadaver lab. Students will have the opportunity to learn anatomy the way medical students do, actually interacting with human cadavers that have been donated for scientific study. In future years, as ATSU transitions to virtual dissection technology, future STAPH classes will be able to perform the same tasks in a virtual environment.
  • 101_7559Use human patient simulators to practice emergency procedures. Human patient simulators are “dummies” packed with sensors and connected to many of the same medical instruments and monitors doctors, nurses, and others use to treat patients. Monitoring the simulation from a remote location, an instructor can simulate cardiac arrest, airway obstructions, and a host of conditions to which the team must respond. These technologies are at the cutting edge of what health care practitioners use to learn how to safely treat patients.
  • Receive basic lifesaver training and certification. All participants will receive training in basic first aid and CPR, receiving certification at the conclusion of the session.
  • And that’s just the beginning…!

The Schedule

Below is the tentative schedule for this summer. A more detailed schedule will be provided to STAPH students prior to arrival.

2016 STAPH Schedule for Website

Opening Sunday

STAPH Agar 1Noon-2 pm Check-in at Residence Hall
2:00-2:45 pm Parent Orientation
2:00-5:00 pm Student Orientation Activities
5:15-6:15 pm Dinner/Outbreak Investigation Theater
6:20-9:15 pm Campus Tour & Admissions Presentation
8:00-9:15 pm Group Activities
9:30-10:00 pm Hall Meeting
10:15 pm Curfew
11:00 pm Lights Out


7:00-9:00 am Breakfast/Free Time
9:15-11:30 am Class
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch/Free Time
1:30-4:30 pm Class and Labs
5:15-5:45 pm Dinner/Free Time
6:00-8:30 pm Activities or Special Exercises
8:30 -9:30 pm Free Time
9:30-10:00 pm Hall Meeting
10:15 pm Curfew
11:00 pm Lights Out


Similar to daily schedule until 5 PM
6:00-7:30 pm Poster Presentation and Casual Reception
7:30 pm Return to Residence Hall to Clean Rooms
8:30 pm – ??? All Night Party

Closing SundaySTAPH Airway

Early am Students flying home board the bus to the airport (time is based on departure and flight times).
7:45-9:00 am Breakfast
8:00 am Check-out begins. Parents meet your son or daughter in the main lounge, move everything out of their residence hall room, and go to the lounge on their floor to begin the check-out process. A staff member will accompany the student back to his/her room to make sure everything has been removed and the room is clean. The remaining check-out will take place at stations in the main lounge.
11:00 am The last student goes home!

Note: most students will be moved-out by 10 am