September 18, 2008

Padua Introduces MedTrack to Prepare Future Medical Professionals

CLEVELAND, Sept. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Padua Franciscan High School introduced a new "MedTrack(TM)" curriculum for students interested in pursuing further education and a career in the medical profession. MedTrack, a four-year advanced science track, features additional science courses and activities, including a healthcare externship, designed to enrich students' experience and prepare them for medical careers.

"The Cleveland area has a competitive, respected, and well-established medical community," said David Stec, Principal of Padua Franciscan. "The MedTrack program combines our strong science curriculum with the Franciscan healing tradition to create a dynamic foundation for success in the post-secondary school study of science and medicine."

The MedTrack curriculum was created with the advice and guidance of medical professionals at area hospitals, including Padua alumni, and the input of biology and medical science instructors from colleges and medical schools. MedTrack builds upon Padua's strong science program as a foundation, and enriches the learning experience with additional courses and activities. The combination of Padua's strong science curriculum with the experience and input of Cleveland's medical community makes the program an ideal learning environment for students interested in the medical profession.

The MedTrack program was motivated by the number of current students (43%) who have expressed an interest in pursuing a medical career, and as evidenced by the large number of medical alumni. The new curriculum offers students excellent preparation for college and advanced studies. Starting in the freshman year, medical professionals will share career advice with students twice a year. Students will have the opportunity to apply learning in a hands-on environment, and to show their commitment to the medical profession, helping them stand out as qualified candidates for advanced study programs.

Interested students can sign up now for the MedTrack program for the 2009 freshman school year. Application and requirements can be found on the Padua website,

Padua Franciscan is the largest private, co-educational secondary school in northeast Ohio. It is one of the few schools officially chartered by the State of Ohio as college-preparatory. In 2004 and 2006, Padua was named one of the nation's top 50 Catholic secondary schools by the Acton Institute. Padua is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools as well as the Ohio Catholic Schools Accrediting Agency.

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CONTACT: Jerry Jindra, Padua Franciscan, +1-440-845-2444 ext. 109,[email protected]

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