Who We Are...
The Short Answer:
We are HAMES! The High School Association of Medical Engineers and Scientists, Inc., a NJ-based NonProfit Organization consisted of prestigious young adults who'd like to pursue a healthcare profession.
The Long Answer:
Our mission, is to establish a FREE platform where high school scientists could collaborate theories, debate a diagnosis, register for a training course, or discover a new specialty through clinical opportunities and medical experiences. HAMES teaches free Standard CPR & AED courses to the surrounding community, in addition to anaphylaxis, and other first aid.
As a surgeon would be FACS, Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, HAMES offers a unique membership to eligible students who can prove their candidacy. We call it FHAMES. Fellow of the High School Association of Medical Engineers & Scientists, in respect to the colloquial terms used in hospitals. Freshmen who are inducted into the program are referred to as “Interns”, Sophomores and Juniors are called “Residents”, and Seniors are deemed “Attendings"
Each member is sworn in with the Declaration of Geneva, sorted into a house of specialty, and is given a card and certificate verifying their membership. The offered houses of specialties currently are Neurology, Cardiology, and Emergency Medicine. All fellows are trained in Healthcare Provider’s Basic Life Support, upon many other certifications in their preferable speciality.
Members of HAMES have the opportunity to perform surgery on pig hearts or lamb brains, learn how to start an IV on a trainer, auscultate with a stethoscope, interpret vitals, read ECG’s, learn ACLS guidelines, and a ton more! Even perform diagnostic exams like physicals, ophthalmologic, and neuro exams.
In an effort to help out the community, HAMES has volunteered as Medical Support through our ACT Squad for sporting and fundraising events, to ensure the safety of its participants. We’ve treated diabetic emergencies, vasovagal syncopes, and even cardiac events for major organizations and companies.
Each day we are exponentially growing, receiving applications from students continuously, and partnerships with local physicians and other healthcare professionals. Our goal is to enlighten young scientists about what real medicine is, by exposing them without limitations.
We are content to learn that our mission continues to spread rapidly, and we need your help to continue to do so!
Admissions for a fellowship into HAMES is highly selective, to ensure that the association is only represented by the most dedicated, top students in the nation.
HAMES is made possible by the passion and dedication distributed by our fellows, and we confide ourselves in what we do.
Made by students, run by students, for students...
Meet Our Staff
Stephen Gee is the titled the Student Advisor of Neurology at HAMES. He is Stroke certified by the National Institutes of Health, and is the lead instructor in neurological exams within our fellowship program. Based on intuitive research, he emphasizess the awareness of head trauma, spectrum disorders, and epilepsy amongst the community.
Srujanesh Gunda is our Student Advisor of Cardiology & Cardiothoracics, and Senior Fellow of the Adavanced Clinical Triage Squad. He is the lead instructor in ausculation, ECGs, Respiratory & Cardiac Syndromes, and ensures that effective high-quality CPR is being performed by all Fellows. In addition, he is the chief instructor for our LiveSaver course, teaching the recognition of anaphylactic & diabetic emergencies, and it's proper treatnents.
Christian Ventura is the Director of the Advanced Clinical Triage Squad, and Founder of the High School Association of Medical Engineers & Scientists, Inc. He co-manages the emergency medicine course content within the fellowship program, and oversees all of the three specialties and works closely with professionals to ensure that all HAMES Fellows are receiving the proper medical education that conforms to the latest science. Additionally, Ventura is an American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI) Level 8 Instructor, authorized to conduct Basic and Advanced Life Support certification courses. He is also the lead instructor for the ASHI Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) course.
Jessica David is the Director of Public Relations and oversees the quality of all courses, to guarantee we surpass the national standards. Additionally, she volunteers as a Senior Fellow on the Advanced Clinical Triage Squad, and is one of our event coordinators who act as a liason with other project managers of different organizations and special missions.
Leanne Spears is the Student Advisor of Emergency Medicine, Senior Fellow of the Advanced Clinical Triage, and Co-Author of the Emergency First Responder (EFR) course curriculum. She frequents the visitation of the latest guidelines in science to guarantee a unique medical immersion experience for all Emergency Medicine Fellows. In addition, she oversees and approves all "ACTS Protocols" for treatments and assessments to ensure continuity of care by Certified EFRs within the ACT Squad.
Spears is an Authorized American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI) Level 5 Instructor, and a Certified Emergency Medical Responder.