The Department of Anaesthesiology at Hahnemann University Hospital and the Drexel College of Medicine Announce an Enrichment Program for Students at the Hartranft Elementary School in North Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Jan 13, 2016 – The Department of Anaesthesiology at Hahnemann University Hospital and Drexel University College of Medicine  are pleased to announce an enrichment program launching at the Hartranft elementary School in North Philadelphia.

The Philadelphia School District selected the John A. Hartranft elementary school and administrators at the school selected the “class” of students participating. The guest speakers and students from grades 5 and 6, will meet each week throughout the school year.

MDs and staff from the Anaesthesia Department will present a topic to the students that will enrich and broaden their horizons. There are no constraints on the subject matter or the format of the presentation which may conceivably include, lectures, discussions, demonstrations or hands on activities. The topics range from health related themes to exposure to foreign customs and cultures.

The first presentation will be conducted by Dr. Paul Langevin will focus on what someone might expect if they have to come to the hospital. The hospital environment is foreign to most people and the first incursion into that can be apprehensive for anyone but especially for children. The presentation will involve a demonstration of the monitors and things that are attached to patients which can be frightening to children and adolescents.  Dr. Langevin will also share his educational road to becoming a physician. The second presentation will be description of life in a Nigerian tribe and the transition from that to a physician in Philadelphia, PA. A transition made by Dr. Odenigbo, one of the faculty.

The importance of this program is not the content but rather the exposure to a group of physician/educators, many of whom came from backgrounds not entirely dissimilar from those of the students. The ultimate goal of the program is to acquaint students with alternative paths they may choose in life and make them aware that there are real ways to achieve them while they are still at an impressionable age. The Doctors want to impress upon the students that success is possible no matter who you are or where you come from.

The faculty in the Department of Anaesthesiology feels a deep sense of commitment to the community. We see the products of the environment that these children grow up in every day. It occurred to us that we just might be able to make a difference for some of these kids just by engaging them and mentoring them and so we strive to change the future even slightly one child at a time. 

Education is fundamental in this process and education must exceed typical subject matter. Instruction must include exposure to peoples from different backgrounds and foster a sense of a community beyond north Philadelphia, one that nurtures development and achievement. To the extent that we improve the future of even one child, we all benefit. So we influence the future, one child at a time. It costs nothing, except a little time,” Michael Green, D.O, Chair and Program Director Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, Associate Professor, Drexel University College of Medicine, Hahnemann University Hospital.


1. Enrichment – to offer greater enlightenment  in the arts, literature, science and culture to disadvantaged students

2. Exposure – provide awareness of activities and opportunities perhaps obscured in their environment

3. Support – create the understanding that individuals outside their community have a genuine interest in them and their ultimate success

4. Mentor – guide, direct and assist students in accomplishing their goals

5. Funding – remove the burden of financing classroom activities from teachers

“This program costs nothing and is specifically aimed at generating interest, encouragement and support for the individual student. We believe that close, repetitive, interaction with children at an impressionable age, can redirect them and profoundly affect them. Changing the future of disadvantaged children must be directed at education and through educational opportunities that lead to an alternative life, a better life. Nothing is perfect but if we can promote one even child, our efforts will have been worth it,
” stated Dr. Paul Langevin, Director of Cardio Thoracic Anaesthesia, Hahnemann University Hospital, Associate Professor Anaesthesiology and Biomedical Engineering Drexel University.

About The Department of Anaesthesiology and Program:

This program is a joint venture between the Philadelphia School District, the Drexel University College of Medicine, Hahnemann University Hospital, Tenet Healthcare Corporation and the faculty in the Department of Anaesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine.

The department of anaesthesiology and perioperative medicine is full service department at Hahnemann University Hospital caring for patients who require procedures. They provide support for the ICU and pain services as well. It is an academic department within the Drexel University School of Medicine training medical students and physicians in training.

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