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

OC Register Talks About New Business Magnet Program

*Currently running in the OC Register

Andy Policano, Dean of the UC Irvine Paul Merage School of Business

The Orange County Register talks about the new Business Magnet Program and partnership with The Paul Merage School of business at UC Irvine.

JSerra Catholic High School in San Juan Capistrano has expanded its magnet educational programs to include a business track, collaborating with the Paul Merage School of Business at UC Irvine to develop and implement a business-focused curriculum.

When they graduate, business magnet students, like students in JSerra’s medical magnet program withMission Hospital, will receive a special citation on their diplomas and be prepared to compete at the nation’s most prestigious business schools, said Frank Talarico, JSerra’s president and chief executive.

The school will begin interviewing student applicants early this year. Eighth-graders interested in applying should contact the admissions office, the school said.

JSerra also is developing magnet programs in law and engineering, Talarico said. read all the latest here.



JSerra Medical Magnet Program Featured on Cox3

Frank Talarico and Betty Cappelletti had the opportunity to talk about all the great things happening with the Medical Magnet Program and partnership with Mission Hospital on Cox3’s Cox Forum, hosted by Terry Wedel. The show will air on Thursday, Feb. 24 at 7pm on channel 3. Be sure to tune in and show support for JSerra.

For more check out Cox3

Additional airing dates/times:

Friday, Feb. 25 at 6pm

Saturday, Feb. 26 at 7pm

Tuesday, March 1 at 7pm

Wednesday, March 2 at 6:30pm

JSerra’s New On-line Education Program has Arrived

JSerra Debuts First On-Line Education Program at a Catholic High School in Region
Jonathan Horowitz hired to develop and administer program

Jonathan Horowitz, Capistrano Connections Academy

JSerra announced today that it will become the first Catholic high school in Orange County to add an on-line curriculum to its growing list of cutting-edge programs.
JSerra has hired Jonathan Horowitz, Ed. D., to develop and oversee the program. Horowitz, of Capistrano Beach, has served for the past three-and-a-half years as principal of Capistrano Connections Academy, an on-line school that serves 1,600 students in five counties.
“JSerra has demonstrated incredible vision in embracing an on-line curriculum for its students,” Horowitz said. “It will enable the young school to enroll students from a broader geographic region as well as allow for more diverse coursework for students. They are the first Catholic high school in the region that I’m aware of to embrace on-line education, and they will likely be a model for others.”
Frank Talarico, JSerra’s president and CEO, said the addition of on-line curriculum adds to the school’s value proposition.
“We have a medical magnet partnership with Mission Hospital, are about to launch a business magnet program with UC Irvine and are working towards programs in law and engineering,” he said. “It’s not just our $110-million campus that sets us apart. At JSerra, you get it all – incredible facilities, some of the most accomplished teachers, innovative new programs – all in a safe and wonderful community-focused environment.”
Initially, the program will allow eighth-graders to get a jump on high school by taking summer Health courses from home and high achievers to take more courses. Horowitz said he plans to meet individually with teachers and staff members to develop and shape the curriculum. The program will allow students to be “on-line graduates,” though students will spend time on campus to preserve the culture, officials said.
“The program will be comprehensive, complementing the existing courses and extending new opportunities that run the gamut from competitive Advanced Placement classes to foreign languages to everything in between,” he said.

Eight Times to Kids 4 Kids

*Special post by Principal Waszak

Many thanks to all who all who attended and supported the Kids 4 Kids Party last night.  In particular I would like to recognize Bridget for coordinating the annual party.  In addition to organizing the care packages for over 40 Marine families at Camp Pendleton she organizes the Kids 4 Kids party.  To support her there are dozens of JSerra students (led by Frankie Bastone), staff (Pat, MVT, Orlando) and JSPA (Linda Pfost) who help with the event.  This year over 100 students from Marco Forester School in San Juan attended the eighth annual Kids 4 Kids party hosted by JSerra students.  The young people who are invited to attend are identified by a community support program operating in San Juan and sponsored by Mission Hospital. The program supports the educational and social needs of young people who may be at risk due to economic challenges faced by their families.  Spending time with these students reminds you about how blessed we are materially.  It brings joy to the young people who attend the party.  They played games, got their face painted and nails made up, built a ginger bread house, enjoyed a great dinner, danced, danced and danced, received a gift and left with a big smile on their face.   Our guests are not the only ones who benefit.  Our students learn something about the joy of giving.

Thank you Bridget!

JSerra Launches Pre-Med Program

Mission Hospital CEO Peter Bastone with SimMan at last week's black coat ceremony
By Caitlin Adams
OC Metro

Classes begin today at JSerra Catholic High School, and some students are looking forward to learning more than basic curricular studies. The school’s groundbreaking pre-med preparatory magnet program is offering high school students the opportunity to get a jump-start on medical studies.

To read the rest of the OC Metro magazine story, click here.