Earlier this month, our high school Scholars returned to Albany Medical Center for the latest career exploration session. They met with Darren Lydon, a certified respiratory therapist, and learned how healthy lungs function. The students asked many probing questions, like: "Why is it hard to breathe when it gets cold outside?" and "What is asthma?"
The students had hands-on experience with a breathing simulator, and they saw the effects of ephysema on a lung first-hand. Darren spoke to them about the role of a respiratory therapist in the hospital setting, and they learned about the anatomy of the lungs. Students also observed how a ventilator machine works during a lung model activity.
These experiences are eye-opening and truly life-changing for our Scholars.
We are deeply grateful to Albany Medical Center for their financial support of our career awareness program, and for offering these unique opportunities to our students.