Crimson Pride Has Arrived

The Fall issue of JSerra’s Crimson Pride Magazine has arrived and has all the news, sports and events happening on campus.

This issue includes:

-Cover Boy Austin Hedges

-A commission by President Obama

-International travels, and much more

To view click Crimson Pride. 

Class of 2015: Stay connected and grow with your community

Welcome, new faculty

With the new school year kicking off in just a few days, JSerra Blog caught our new faculty members during orientation with Mr. Stroupe, vice principal for Curriculum and Instruction.  “I anticipate this school year will follow in the trend we’ve established in previous years, where every year surpasses the achievements of the prior year,” Stroupe said. “We had excellent faculty retention, but the new faculty we have hired are well-equipped to exceed our expectations, which can also be said of our new freshmen class. Our new faculty members are excited about being at JSerra, and I am excited about what they are going to do in the classroom for our students.”

Welcome, esteemed faculty, new and returning.

Pictured from left to right: Kevin Clarke, religion 3, religion 4; Dawn Brander, algebra 1, geometry and AP calculus BC; Paul Jenner, filmmaking; Dave Bohmfalk, AP statistics and statistics, pre-calculus; Mark Cummings, AP studio art, AP art history; Donna Convertino, theater; Jennifer McAdam, chemistry, AP environmental science; all are joined by Mr. Stroupe.

Frank Talarico: JSerra H.S. thrives as public schools wane

*Currently running in the Orange County Register, By Frank Talarico, JSerra President

Last school year, after participating in a lifelike medical-simulation program offered by JSerra Catholic High School, senior Tom Joseph came away more excited than ever to study medicine in college and ultimately become a doctor.

“I love the program because it gives real hands-on experience with the hospital and real-life practice of medicine,” Tom said following an intense emergency-simulation exercise at Mission Hospital. “It allows me to learn what to expect in college and later in med school.”

To read the complete article click here.

Click her for more on the Pre-medical Magnet Program. 

Summertime Line-up

Frankie Bastone Featured in OC Catholic

Recent graduate of JSerra Catholic High School, Frankie Bastone is featured in this months issue of OC Catholic. Check it out now click OC Catholic. 

Students Get a Taste of Medicine

*In the current issue of the Capistrano Dispatch

This is  a monthly column written by President/CEO Frank Talarico

Frank Talarico, JSerra President & CEO

The old man gasped for air, his blood pressure dangerously low and dropping. His heart rate was extremely rapid. The nurse heard crackling and vibrations in his lungs. The situation was bad. And getting worse.The diagnosis: Rule out sepsis, an infection rapidly spreading through the bloodstream.

The prognosis: Without quick and decisive treatment, death from hypoperfusion.

Fortunately, the scene playing out at Mission Hospital happened inside a conference center classroom. And the old man? He’s a lifelike breathing, talking patient simulator called SimMan.

SimMan is an important teaching tool that distinguishes JSerra’s medical program from a handful of others around the globe. Twenty-two high school juniors and seniors huddled breathlessly around the dummy as Connie Gagliardo, Mission’s executive director of critical care and trauma services, attempted to revive him with fluids pumped through an IV.

“His blood pressure is going up,” she announced. “His circulation and heart rate are normalizing. His blood pressure is increasing.”

She leaned toward SimMan, and asked how he felt.

“I’m so sick,” SimMan groaned.

“Thank God he’s talking,” Gagliardo said. “He feels so sick, but his ability to now talk is a great sign of improvement. He was in a state of severe shock. We must keep assessing. Remember: Look. Listen. Feel, and treat.”

SimMan wasn’t the only one in shock during the recent lesson.

“Most students should feel a bit panicked about this type of work,” Gagliardo said afterward. “They are probably asking themselves, ‘Can I really do this?’”

The answer, she says, is yes—with hard work and determination.

As studies progress and clinical experiences are lived they will become more comfortable in crisis situations, she said. Today was about how to systematize the assessment and treatment of chaos and crisis.

That’s part of the beauty of the program. Not only is the material life-and-death, it prepares students for the rigors of medical school. Some will discover that medicine is not for them, and that’s okay.

Senior Tom Joseph says he’s more pumped than ever about becoming a doctor like his father.

“I love the program because it gives real hands-on experience with the hospital and real life practice of medicine,” he said. “It allows me to learn what to expect in college and later in med school.”

Read more: The Capistrano Dispatch – Students Get a Taste of Medicine