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Science intern speaks at school board meeting

October 29, 2011
By J.T. Whitehouse
Canfield High School senior Daniel Jenkins was first on the Canfield Board of Education’s meeting agenda last week as he spoke on a program he was involved with over the summer. Jenkins took part in the Cleveland Clinic’s Summer Internship Program.

According to a letter from Rosalind Strickland, senior director at the clinic, the program is geared to encourage interest in the scientific and medical fields.

“Our goal is to intensify students’ experience with science, and to strengthen interest in scientific or medical careers,” Strickland wrote. “There were close to 600 students from 16 neighboring counties who applied to the program and 133 were chosen to participate.”

Jenkins' interest was in pharmacy and he not only had a rare learning opportunity, but was able to work on problems associated with the field. At Wednesday’s school board meeting he gave a talk on the work he completed in the program that dealt with medication errors.

“More people die from medication errors than from breast cancer,” Jenkins said.

His research at the clinic led him to categorize the various errors that could be made. He said they fall into four categories that include human error, system error, facility error and reporting errors.

During his short time at the clinic he was able to come up with some suggestions on decreasing errors and helping increase error reporting.

The internship Jenkins was involved in was a nine-week, paid session. He got to work with renowned physicians and researchers, and in the end, was able to form his own research results. Part of the program requests that the student give the presentation before a board meeting.

At the end of the talk, Superintendent Dante Zambrini explained the internship and commented, “Dan brought pride to Canfield High School and we are very proud.”

Jenkins said he plans on pursuing a medical career, perhaps in pharmacy, and the program has been a great way to start down that path.

“The internship was great,” he said. “I recommend it to any one wanting to go into the health field.”

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Canfield High School senior Daniel Jenkins gave a presentation at last Wednesday’s Board of Education meeting, highlighting his work with the Cleveland Clinic’s Summer Internship program.



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