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MSU partnership brings kids into medicine sooner

MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine LogoOn June 22-27, Michigan State University will give children from sixth to ninth grade the unique opportunity to explore and experience medicine on the East Lansing campus; learning what it is like to be a doctor.

The program is a partnership between the College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Future Docs program and the MSU Gifted and Talented Education (GATE program). Whereas the Future Docs program is normally for students in their junior and senior year of college,  partnering with the GATE program will allow the younger children an opportunity to experience the medical world at a much earlier age.

The kids will be given the opportunity to experience a major university campus like a real college student. Shaw Hall will be opened for the kids who would like to stay on campus for the week. Else, they may commute for the activities, which include clinical skills, working in teams, forensics, classic CPR training, and exploring the field of osteopathic manipulative medicine. The week will involve constant interaction with current faculty members and current osteopathic medical students. Osteopathic Medical Scholars will be on-hand to provide mentorship.

The college’s manager of outreach and inclusion, Floyd Hardin, spoke with MSU Today about the opportunity. “We had done some preliminary efforts in trying to expand the programs into the middle schools and elementary schools, so we were looking for intentional efforts to collaborate and expand what we were doing… It’s been a great marriage between the two programs. We have so many of our high school students who have younger brothers and sisters or parents in our networks in southeast Michigan and here in Lansing who are looking for programs for younger students. With the birth of the GATE collaboration, we have somewhere that those students who are not yet in high school can go to get that exposure to osteopathic medicine.”

Photo Credit: MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine

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