Student National Medical Association hosts its first Mini-Med School Day for high school students

April 11, 2014 College News - The Student National Medical Association (SNMA), in partnership with the American Medical Association (AMA), Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA), Family Medicine Student Association (FMSA), and Wilderness Medical Society (WMS), hosted its first ever Mini-Med School Day for high school students on Friday, March 28. Approximately 40 high school students from the Milwaukee Academy of Science and Riverside University High School were invited to MCW to experience an afternoon of activities organized by the medical students.

The event featured a variety of stations that gave the high school students an opportunity to experience hands-on activities such as listening to heart sounds and taking blood pressures, basic CPR, suturing, and learning how to set fractures. The students also had the opportunity to ask the medical students questions and learn about MCW’s summer programs that are available to high school and undergraduate students.

Every student that participated received their very own stethoscope as well as advice from the 20+ medical students that volunteered at the event. It was a meaningful afternoon for both the high school students, who are looking to one day become doctors, and the medical students, who are proud of the fact that they can act as mentors for these students.

The goal of the Mini-Med School Day was to expose underrepresented high school students to the health care field. SNMA continually aims to encourage, inspire, and motivate students with a high potential for success to pursue medicine and a career as a physician. It is important for SNMA to target students of color and to reach out to them and provide the motivation and the hope that they too can become physicians.

SNMA has plans to continue this event in future years with the hope that they will be able to invite even more students from a wide variety of age ranges.

The event was generously sponsored by the Monteclaro Cultural and Medicine Grant, AMA Section Involvement Grant, SNMA Community Service Grant, Outpost Natural Foods, Costco Wholesale, Colectivo Coffee, Discovery World Museum, and Pick ‘n Save.

 

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