Alexa Gaston

Class Of 2020

Certified In First Aid, CPR & AED.

Diagnosed A Patient With Malaria

In The Developing World Using

Oculus Rift Technology.

Trained At Howard University's

Medical Simulation Lab.

My Medical Training

Diagnosed a

Real-Life Patient

& Medical Experts

Training with Doctors

Completed (Click Here To Learn More)

First Aid, CPR, &

AED Certifications

Red Cross Certified (Click Here To Learn More)

Saved A Life (Click Here To Learn More)

Completed (Click Here To Learn More)

Howard University

Simulation Training

Medical Simulation Center

Howard University


Drawing Blood

I was trained how to draw blood using phlebotomy arm simulator. The arm provided a realistic tissue feel and realistic vein wall resistance. I practiced placing a needle in the vein to draw blood.

During this procedure, the medical facilitator walked me through blood-drawing technique and helped improve the communication skills that I will use in the future with patients.



The manikin-based ultrasound simulator allowed me to develop the psychomotor skills needed to handle ultrasound probes.

I received an introductory course on ultrasounds and was able to expand my cognitive skills that are needed to interpret ultrasound images, make diagnoses and clinical decisions. The ultrasound simulator I used made learning more engaging and intuitive.


Simulation Robot

I was given a rare opportunity to work with Howard University's state of the art simulation robot. The SimMan 3G provided me with an opportunity to understand a complex medical situation like seizures without risk to patients.

The facilitator walked me through each scenario and gave me detailed feedback that reinforced skills I had learned throughout my time at the Leadership Initiatives Advanced Medical Summit.




Resuscitation (CPR)






Automated External

Defibrillator (AED)


International Oculus Rift Patient Diagnosis

In Partnership With The Shifa Royal Hospital In Bauchi State, Nigeria and The Future First Foundation

The Advanced Medical and Public Health Summit Nigerian diagnosis is the first-ever program of its kind. I not only got to work with the top medical professionals from around the world, but also save lives.

Using Oculus Rift Goggles, I was transported to a hospital in Bauchi State, Nigeria where I was able to interact with my patient in real time. Using the doctor present in Nigeria as an extension of myself, I examined and diagnosed my patient using my diagnostic training on the top 4 leading causes of death in Nigeria; malaria, typhoid fever, nutritional anemia, and acute respiratory infections (ARI).

These patients were not actors. They were locals from Bauchi State that were all ill and would normally not be able to afford medical treatment as they earn $1.25 a day or less. In return for working with our participants, all of their treatments were funded by Leadership Initiatives.

In 2018, Leadership Initiatives was able to fund the treatment of over 42 treatments.





My Patient-Musa Hassan

My Patient's


My patient's name was Musa Hassan. He is forty-nine years old. He is married and lives with his wife and children. Musa has a secondary education level and attended school until high school. He currently lives in the Bakori community in Bauchi City. The majority of people in this area are extremely poor and are petty traders who live hand to mouth. Musa was fortunate enough to find a job as a gate man at Shifa Royal Hospital, where he earns enough to take care of his family. Musa has easy access to medical care but his family must sacrifice and save in order to afford hospital visits.

Musa presented with symptoms of a headache, dizziness, and fatigue. After examining Musa, I asked the doctor to do a blood test. The test showed that he had a low red blood cell count. I was able to diagnose Musa with Anaemia and prescribed him with iron tablets that are taken with vitamin C which will help the tablet absorb into his system.

Without the help of Leadership Initiatives and my internship, Musa and would not be able to afford the hospital visit or medication that would make him better.

To help prevent Musa from future visits to the hospital due to Anaemia, I talked to him about eating more dark-green leafy vegetables like watercress and kale, as well as, adding more beans and peas to his diet.

Patient Symptoms

Patient Update

Advanced Medical And Public Health Summit Highlights

Medical Expert Panels

I heard from medical specialists in the field of emergency medicine, medical research, surgery, sports medicine, and physical therapy. Through these conversations, I was able to gain a better understanding of what each physician’s duties are, what he or she thinks are the best parts of the job, and what parts he or she wishes he or she could change. I now have taken the first step of exploring the various medical specialties so I can narrow down the medical field I want to pursue.

I discussed the ethics of medicine with Dr. James Giordano, Georgetown University’s Chief of the Neuroethics Studies Program. I now have a better understanding of neuroethical issues arising from the development of new neuroscientific techniques and neurotechnologies. As a group, we explored the use and misuse that these techniques in medicine, public life, global health, and the military.

I was able to put my skills to the test during an explosion simulation. LI staff members had a professional medical makeup artist design wounds that mimicked those that would occur during a building explosion. During the simulation, I was able to show off my ability to perform CPR and First Aid on injured staff members.

I had the unique opportunity to learn basic surgical suture techniques. During the workshop with Dr. Mudi, a visiting doctor from Nigeria, I was provided hands-on instruction on how to assess a wound and the proper methods to triage each type of injury.

First Aid Training

Diagnostic Training

Through interactive learning activities, I was able to develop a systematic approach to patient assessment and diagnosis. Dr. Mudi taught a series of workshops that portrayed the proper way to interview a patient and explained various techniques to investigate diseases. Throughout the summit, I developed skills in the collection, interpretation and critical analysis of patient data.

During this program, I was able to improve my ability to synthesise and evaluate information, make decisions, and apply the diagnostic training to practice situations under the supervision of Dr. Mudi. These exercises helped me to develop advanced communication and relationship building skills to consult appropriately with patients to best understand their symptoms. The feedback I got from my diagnostic training was constructive and prepared me for my real diagnosis of a Nigerian patient.

Exclusive Medical Tours

I also observed an astounding array of medical specimens at the National Museum of Health and Medicine. The medical items on display in the NMHM include anatomical and pathological specimens, such as a row of skeletons arranged by height and illustrating different stages of development, a conjoined twin specimen preserved in alcohol, and a trichobezoar.

I went on exclusive tours of the National Institutes of Health and the National Museum of Health and Medicine. During the NIH tour, I was taken to the Incunabula Room where I viewed the library’s collection of pre-1501 printed books, with original letters written by George Washington.

During the NIH tour, I was taken to the Incunabula Room where I viewed the library’s collection of pre-1501 printed books, with original letters written by George Washington.

I participated in a medical school admissions panel lead by Admissions Officers from Johns Hopkins University, Georgetown University, and Howard University.

During this panel, I learned how medical schools review applications and insider tips on how to show a commitment to medicine that will make my application stand out.

Medical School Admissions Panel