Happy Friday everyone!
I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer so far. The lecture committee
has several exciting projects in line, and would love your input and
participation/leadership. I have listed the potential projects below, which
range from lunch series with big names to imaging competitions/game-show-style
challenges, to volunteer sessions for the community. None of this would happen
without your help, so if any of these project pique your interest, or if you
have a new idea you’d like to come to fruition, please come to the
It is a great opportunity available only to imaging initiative students so
far, so I urge you all to take advantage of it! Due to resources we are limiting
participation to 5 students per lecture so please sign up early.
Thank you all and hope to see you at the clinical series/committee meeting!
Carmen (Leader for HI^2 Lectures Committee)
HII Lectures Committee: Potential Project Line-up
1) Imaging Lunch Series/Chalk talks: Invite big-names from
outside of Hopkins. Host lunch series/chalk talk with medical imaging students,
followed by more formal powerpoint presentation at weekly BME seminars.
2) Imaging Competition: where students post a 5-minute
video on their topic of choice. Topics should be intuitive and aim at
introducing imaging concepts, which can range anything from “PET/MRI in 5
minutes”, “understanding optical coherence tomography”, to “heart anatomy you
need to know for imaging”. Winners are selected based on votes, and rewards can
include cash prize, plus the chance to present at the HI^2 presentation/BME
3) HI^2 challenge: this idea is inspired by the
robo-challenge at the CIS, where they have high school students coming in each
year to program some robots and compete on challenges e.g. mystery maze/robot
dance. We could do something similar. Current event ideas include an imaging
jeopardy session, ID the artifact, having students determine the velocity of
racecar, controlling external magnetic field to guide a metal capsule through
the maze etc etc. It could be a half-day event with food, speakers, prizes...etc
etc. We could host this for high school students as well but Dr. McVeigh seems
to prefer having the challenge at a undergrad/grad level.
4) Imaging Sessions for HIV patients: this is a
volunteer-based project, aimed to address distrust of the community in Baltimore
towards Hopkins. Goal is to set up discussion sessions with patients and/or
teenagers within a HIV/AIDS community organization, who would be interested in
learning more about medical imaging options for HIV/AIDS patients, as well as
the radiation exposure/harm that is involved with each option. We can also go
over other test options that are commonly used for HIV/AIDS patients, and what
those terms exactly mean. There exists a lack of trust for Hopkins within the
Baltimore community and as graduate students, we can help to bridge that gap and
address some of the concerns that patients may have.