Ignite Health Science students learn from experts in the field



While most Lipscomb Academy students enjoyed the day off on November 4 as the faculty participated in an in-service, the Health Science students of the academy's Ignite program spent the day learning from experts in the field.


Ignite is a program designed to help students pursue career areas of interest while still in high school. In the first year of the program, students may

choose between Health Sciences or Civics and Law.


The Health Science students began the day at Lipscomb University’s College of Pharmacy where they participated in a learning session called “Beyond the Counter.” Headed by the College of Pharmacy Admissions Director, Laura Ward, and Ronda Bryant, PharmD, an assistant professor in Pharmacy Practice, the students were able to see first-hand what pharmacists do beyond filling prescriptions.


Students rotated through stations, each headed by a fourth-year pharmacy student, and discussed informatics, poison control centers, physical assessment and more. During the compounding session, the Ignite students were even shown how to compound dog treats for their family pets.


In the afternoon, the students explored the area of Pre-professional Biology. They met with professors as well as pre-medicine, pre-pharmacy and pre-doctorate students to engage in a question and answer session and active learning. The group of 37 Ignite students split into groups to learn about electrocardiograms, more commonly known as EKG’s, and how to read x-rays.


While working with the EKG machines, students were shown how to administer an EKG, how to read and interpret the findings and discussed treatment plans for patients.


Director of Ignite Health Sciences, Harold Smith, MD, conducted the session on x-rays. Students were given the opportunity see different x-ray films and discuss treatment. In addition to typical x-rays of broken bones, students were shown images of a patient with six toes as well an x-ray of a patient suffering from gunshot wounds.


“Our hope was that these sessions would open our students eyes to pharmacy and pre-professional studies and I think that was accomplished; we had a lot of fun at the same time,” said Smith.