The Academy of the Holy Angels is currently in its second year of its Surgical Research Course in partnership with Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. Each semester, four seniors participate in a surgical science laboratory course working with a student coordinator at Englewood Hospital and science faculty at AHA. This course provides students with a unique opportunity to gain experience in a research setting beyond our classrooms and learn the fundamentals of in vivo surgical methods. Topics will focus on micro-suturing, tissue collection, renal vessel isolation, bioethics, and aseptic surgery. In addition, students will be introduced to advanced analytical methodology such as enzyme linked immunosorbent (ELISA) assays and make use of specialized equipment like UV/Visible spectrophotometers and photomicroscopes.
AHA students accepted into this competitive program typically have a high level of enthusiasm for pursuing a STEM career, particularly one in medicine. The course is held after school one day per week for twenty-two weeks. Selected students attend a two-hour Orientation Seminar at Englewood Hospital prior to beginning the course. Holy Angels covers the costs for students through generous donations from benefactors.