The Karabots Junior Fellows Race Around the Umlaut

Students in the KArabots Junior Fellows Program stand on a stage in Mitchell Hall at the College of physicians of Philadlephia. They receive small trophies for competing in an educational game show.

Regular readers to our blog will know that in the past we have utilized game-based learning into our youth programs. Students have learned about crime scene investigation by exploring virtual crime scenes; they studied vaccines by testing a game about historic vaccinations; and even designed forensics-themed games of their own. Interactive game shows have become a regular CEPI staple, challenging our students to test their memories over topics in healthcare, STEM, and CEPI programming. Our games-based approach has also extended to events such as Pennsylvania Teen Health Week 2017 and the Philadelphia Science Festival.

Youth Program Coordinator Kevin Impellizer (dressed in a lab coat and goggles) gestures to a projection screen, on which a Jeopardy-style game board is projected. The game took place at the "Friday the 13th @ the Mütter" event at the College of Physicians of Philadlephia

Recently, we carried the game show format even further, converting the College of Physicians of Philadelphia’s Mitchell Hall into a massive board game. Titled Race Around the Umlaut, students from the Karabots Junior Fellows Program broke into small small teams of contestants to compete in a variety of challenges. Some of these challenges reviewed information they had learned in lessons from throughout the semester while others tested their general knowledge. Among the ways they put their mental might to the test: they reviewed news headlines in an effort to pick out real from “fake news”; they attempted to match SAT words with their definitions; they tried to answer SAT/ACT math problems in a tense race against the clock; and they even competed in a fast-past game of Operation. Teams competed for glory and fabulous prizes and demonstrated the power of games to convert class into an exciting, competitive atmosphere.

A student in the Karabots Junior Fellows Program leans over a game of Operation while another student looks on. Part of a game show activity.

Deadlines Extended for All CEPI Youth Program Applications

The 2016 cohort of the Teva Pharmaceuticals Internship program pose with Teva employees and hold certificates of completion for completing their summer internship

Are you interested in applying to be part of the Karabots Junior Fellows Program, the Out4STEM Program, or the Teva Pharmaceuticals Internship Program? There is still time.

CEPI is proud to announce we are extended our application deadline to FRIDAY, MAY 12, 2017. For more information, check out the respective sites for each program. You can download the applications below:

Karabots Junior Fellows Program: APPLY NOW

Out4STEM Internship Program: APPLY NOW

Teva Pharmaceuticals Internship: APPLY NOW


The Karabots Junior Fellows Explore Imperfecta

The Karabots Junior Fellows meet with Mütter Museum exhibit developer Michael Keys to discuss the Museum's new exhibit: Imperfecta

As part of a semester-long project, several members of the current cohort of the Karabots Junior Fellows Program will be developing their own exhibit. To help them in their process, the Fellows recently met with Michael Keys, Exhibit Designer for the Mütter Museum. Michael took this opportunity to introduce them to the Mütter Museum’s latest exhibit: Imperfecta. Imperfecta “examines the shifting perceptions about abnormal human development, from fear and wonder to curiosity and clinical science.” Through historic texts and select human specimens the exhibit addresses a subject known historically as “teratology,” addressing how unusual or abnormal births have been examined scientifically and culturally. Michael walked them through the exhibit, explaining the rationale behind the selection of certain objects and his method for transforming the exhibit from idea to reality. He helped them gain insight into not only exhibit development but the possibility of careers in exhibit design.

The Karabots Junior Fellows meet with Mütter Museum exhibit developer Michael Keys to discuss the Museum's new exhibit: Imperfecta

You can view Imperfecta for yourself here at the Mütter Museum.

The Karabots Junior Fellows Go Into the Woodlands

Jim Mundy delivers a tour for youth from the Karabots Junior Fellows Program at the Woodlands Cemetery

March was a month for the Karabots Junior Fellows to learn about science, culture, and careers connected to death and dying through a variety of lessons, activities, and guest speakers. They learned about hospice and palliative care from Miguel Paniagua, Medical Advisor for the National Board of Medical Examiners and recently-inducted Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. They also got a glimpse into the world of funeral direction, courtesy of Tony Moore, Director of Funeral Service Education for Northampton Community College. Along the way, they also gained a greater understanding of cultural interpretations of death and how funeral practices are tied to different cultural beliefs about what happens after one dies. They concluded their month with a trip to the Woodlands. Established as the country home of Philadelphia socialite William Hamilton, the Woodlands became an active cemetery in 1840; it is the final resting place of numerous noteworthy Philadelphians, including several famous College Fellows, such as Silas Weir Mitchell, John Ashhurst, and William Williams Keen, and the founder of the Campbells Soup Company among other notables. It is also the site of the largest grave marker in the United States, an 84-foot tall obelisk constructed for famous dentist and Penn Dental school founder Thomas Wiltberger Evans.

Various headstones, grave markers, and obelisks at the Woodlands Cemetery

Jim Mundy, chair of the Woodlands Board of Directors, took the Fellows on a tour of the site, including William Hamilton’s mansion, America’s earliest example of a Federal style home. Afterwards, the Fellows broke into groups to explore the cemetery grounds and search for notable “residents.” Even for students reticent at the thought of exploring a cemetery, the trip proved interesting. We are thankful for the staff at the Woodlands for making it possible.

Jim Mundy delivers a tour for the Karabots Junior Fellows outside the William Hamilton mansion at the Woodlands Cemetery

CEPI Now Accepting Applications for the Karabots Junior Fellows Program

Three students in the Karabots Junior Fellows Program take part in a cow eye dissection.

Are you a Philly 9th grader with an interest in health care or medicine? If so, you might be perfect for the Karabots Junior Fellows Program! CEPI is now accepting applications for the Summer 2017 installment of the Karabots Junior Fellows Program. The Program seeks to cultivate the health care professionals of the future through hands-on learning and interaction with real professionals.

The next summer program will take place for two weeks, August 7-18, 2017, and consists of an intensive series of hands-on activities, meetings with healthcare professionals, and field trips focusing around a specific healthcare field. This year’s theme is Anatomy and Armor: exploring natural and artificial forms of protection against disease and trauma and learning about careers in healthcare and medicine related to those subjects.

Based on behavior, in-class participation and student interest, members of the two-week program may be asked to stay on for our multi-year after-school program focused on healthcare, STEM, and college preparation that goes through twelfth grade.

Students interested in joining the Karabots Junior Fellows Program must fulfill the following requirements to be considered:

  • Must be entering the 10th grade in Fall 2017.
  • Must be a Philadelphia resident.
  • Must be attending a Philadelphia public, parochial, or charter high school.
  • Must have an interest in biology and the healthcare professions.
  • Will be the first in their immediate family to graduate from a college or university.
  • Must qualify for a FREE or REDUCED PRICE school lunch.
  • Not have any disciplinary problems on their school record.
  • Must have permission from a parent/guardian to take part in the program.
  • If selected for this summer program, applicants must also be interested and available to participate in programming throughout the school year and summer through my senior year of high school if chosen to do so.

Interested students must complete an application form, including an essay and letter of recommendation. (Full instructions are available on the application). Completed applications can be submitted via email (subject heading: Karabots Junior Fellows Application) or standard mail to the following address:

Attn: Kevin D. Impellizeri (Karabots Junior Fellows)
The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
19 South 22nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

The deadline to apply is FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 2017 (all mailed applicants must be postmarked by that date to be considered). If you have any questions, please contact Kevin Impellizeri, Youth Program Coordinator (215-372-7313). For more information about the Karabots Junior Fellows Program, please consult our website.

The Karabots Junior Fellows Learn to Make a Good Impression

Jon Goff, Associate Director of Fellow Ship Relations for the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, conducts a mock job interview with Quran, a student in the Karabots Junior Fellows Program. The two are seated opposite each other (Goff in the center, and Quran to the left). Several other students are seated in the foreground and background.

As part of the curriculum for the Karabots Junior Fellows Program, we are dedicated to helping our students prepare for their future careers, regardless of whether they ultimately find themselves in medical/heathcare fields. To that end, we recently held a session devoted to professionalism.

The Fellows learned the importance of carrying oneself in a professional manner both in their in-person and virtual interactions. Kevin went over some tips to a high-quality résumé and the art of constructing a professionally-worded email. Guest speaker Jon Goff, Associate Director of Fellowship Relations for the College of Physicians of Philadelphia as well as a former CEPI educator, gave them tips on the interview process by conducting one-on-one mock interviews (complete with common interview questions) with several of the students. Jeanene talked about the importance of body language and how people (including potential employers) measure a person’s engagement based on their physical behavior. Observing graduate students from Drexel University were also o hand to share their experiences with the job hunt.

Jon Goff, Associate Director of Fellow Ship Relations for the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, conducts a mock job interview with Viviana, a student in the Karabots Junior Fellows Program. The two are seated opposite each other (Goff to the left, Viviana to the right). Several other students are seated in the foreground and background.

The Karabots Fellows Enter the Dragons’ Lair

Students in the Karabots Junior Fellows Program talk with Michael Rankin, director of strength and conditioning at Drexel University. They stand in the midst of various exercise equipment (a treadmill is in the center frame).

Earlier this month the students of the Karabots Junior Fellows Program received a hands-on look at some exciting careers in sports medicine, courtesy of Drexel University’s Athletic Program.

On February 11, the Fellows traveled to the Daskalakis Athletic Center (aka “the DAC”) where they met with some health care professionals involved in Drexel sports. Michael Rankin, Drexel’s Director of Strength and Conditioning, led them through workout facilities and explained how he helps athletes prepare their bodies for competition. Next, Andrea Irvine, the Dragons’ Sports Dietitian, talked about the science and career potential surrounding sports nutrition. Afterwards, The Fellows received a tour of Drexel’s athletics facilities followed by a trip to see the Drexel men’s basketball team take on the Towson Tigers. While Drexel ultimately lost to Towson (69-65), the Fellows gained valuable experience and fresh perspective on sports medicine.

The basketball court at the Daskalakis Athletic Center prior to the Drexel men's basketball game against Towson on February 11.