Glen Mills, Pa., (September 14, 2006) — One doctor is taking responsibility for teaching students about the body’s immune system and how it specifically is impacted when penetrated by the HIV virus.
Phillip Silverstein, M.D. is a board-certified internist and ER physician who has developed and produced Inner World Discovery. This 15-minute fully animated multimedia presentation combines science with original computer generated animation, sound effects and music to effectively teach high school and college students about the human body.
“Inner World Discovery tells the story about the most incredible being of all- the human body- and the most incredible defense system imaginable- the body’s immune system. But we don’t stop there. We build on that understanding to show what happens when the body is penetrated by the HIV virus,” says Silverstein.
While Silverstein is educating students, he is also hoping to inspire students to consider careers in medicine or science to fill a sure need for health care professionals and scientists in the future years.
Silverstein is currently working to expand Inner World Discovery to include additional multimedia presentations as well as curriculum material.
During the process of developing Inner World Discovery, Silverstein created an advisory board of medical and educational professionals to review the material design and development. Advisory board members include Dr. J. Edward Hill, Immediate Past President of the American Medical Association and Dr. G. Kip Bollinger, former Science Education Advisor for the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Silverstein also secured external funding for the development of Inner World Discovery. With an emphasis on science education, the Corporate Giving Program at Beckman Coulter, Inc. was a match with Inner World Discovery’s plans. The company financially supported the multimedia presentation in both 2005 and 2006.
“I am so blessed to be involved with a company that cares about science education. I fell in love with the company when I had asked Cathy Dougherty, Group Manager, Worldwide VIP Customer and Community Relations, if I could do anything for Beckman Coulter in return. Cathy reiterated that her company was interested in promoting science education. She told me that almost half of the clinical laboratory jobs in the United States go unfilled because of a lack of interest and training in the biological sciences. I was overwhelmed with her response. It wasn’t just about the bottom line,” says Silverstein.
Based in Fullerton, Calif., Beckman Coulter, Inc. has a vested interest in the challenge to staff clinical labs since it is a leading manufacturer of biomedical testing instrument systems, tests and supplies that simplify and automate laboratory processes to enhance health care around the world. The corporation spans the biomedical testing continuum — from pioneering medical research and clinical trials to laboratory diagnostics and point-of-care testing.
Silverstein puts his resources to good use presenting Inner World Discovery at high schools, colleges, and adult groups. While presentations have been made in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware, he is available for presentations nationwide.
Currently presentations are made in person as well as through real time interactive videoconferencing made possible through MAGPI. MAGPI (http://www.magpi.net) provides regional and Internet2 connectivity to its member institutions in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. A division of Information Systems and Computing at The University of Pennsylvania, MAGPI is committed to promoting advanced applications, collaborations, and services for the K20 research and education community through high performance networking technology.
Regional and national access to Inner World Discovery through MAGPI is dependant upon participants meeting requirements such as connectivity to the Internet2 network, H.323 videoconferencing capabilities, and available space in the interactive programs.