CM2 students become “Doctors for a day”

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LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) – Today, fifth graders at Bean Elementary School became doctors for a day.

The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) and the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) hosted a “mini-camp” to inspire and educate elementary school students considering the medical industry. The children were able to experience a day in the life of a medical student. The event took place from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on September 23, at the TTUHSC Academic Classroom Building and F. Marie Hall SimLife Center, 3601 Fourth St. Elementary students took a field trip to the Health Sciences Center to get “on the job” experience.

Texas Tech students were on a mission to inspire and inform the next generation of local physicians. Elwin Rutayomba and Yaw Adu, TTUHSC SNMA co-chairs and second-year TTUHSC medical students, said the organization created the event as an interactive and fun way to expose students to the field of medicine.

Adu said, “‘Doctors for a Day’ gives students the opportunity to experience medicine in an engaging environment, but more importantly, we hope the experience will cultivate a student’s interest in medicine as a career path. potential career.

Students gained hands-on experience diagnosing patients in different medical scenarios, working with ultrasound equipment (to learn how doctors use it), working with simulation mannequins in the lab, and seeing medical procedures. emergency simulation. Discovering medicine in such an engaging environment has excited all “potential doctors” to share their new knowledge.

Older students shared their passion with younger ones, helping them find new career aspirations. But, at all ages, everyone enjoyed their time away from the confines of a classroom. Technology students who teach promising young professionals also had the opportunity to reflect on the importance of their own past; appreciating the opportunity for interactive and educational events – emphasizing that the focus of this event was also centered on inclusion. Skyler Thipaphay, TTUHSC SNMA member and sophomore medical student, said it was important to start sowing the seeds of higher education at these early and crucial stages.

“We want students to think about medicine in elementary school, especially underserved and underrepresented minorities,” Thipaphay said. “Many students may never have imagined that they too could enter this profession. When minority students see medical students, who look like them in white coats, we hope that students will walk away knowing that they too can become doctors. This experience is priceless and immeasurable.

Steven L. Berk, MD, executive vice president of the TTUHSC and dean of the School of Medicine, said the TTUHSC SNMA Chapter has inspired students at all levels.

“For more than a decade, our SNMA chapter has taken the lead in inspiring students of all backgrounds to consider healthcare fields,” Berk said. “SNMA has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for scholarships and helped ensure that Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center creates a superior learning environment for all students.”

The possible, eventual outcome of such events is of monumental significance. Rutayomba said SNMA is committed to ensuring that medical education and health care are culturally sensitive to the needs of diverse populations, and to increasing the number of students of color entering and completing medical school. Being a doctor for a day allowed elementary students to discover their passions for life.

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