Virtual program

Midwestern Students Host Virtual Program To Showcase Healthcare Careers

Students at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University have created a new virtual program designed to introduce undergraduate and high school students to the many aspects of health science careers through lectures, interactive demonstrations and presentations. scientific exploration.

CCOM students along with students from other academic programs at Midwestern University presented a virtual mini-medical school on five consecutive Saturdays in January and February to more than 70 students from under-represented and diverse backgrounds.

“It was important for CCOM to do this to start building relationships with high schools and colleges that have diverse populations,” said Emily Mosher (CCOM 2022), one of the event organizers. “It is important that CCOM helps increase education and opportunities for minority students and shows them all the possibilities and resources that are available.”

Participants received a learning package in the mail before the event to help them engage more fully in activities designed to teach basic anatomy and physiology. Sessions included an introduction to the musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, respiratory and neurological systems as well as an overview of medical careers and guidance for applying to senior level healthcare programs.

The overall response from participants has been overwhelmingly positive and CCOM hopes to continue to offer a similar program on an annual basis and create an additional mentoring opportunity for interested students.

“I was nervous taking this course because I was not sure if I would pass and I was afraid it would be extremely difficult,” said one of the participants. “I then realized that it was not difficult at all because everything we learned in class was extremely interesting for me. I think everyone should educate themselves on these topics as it could help save a life. one day life. “

CCOM students also learned valuable lessons throughout the program.

“By working with the youth of the region, we get a better idea of ​​the specific barriers and systemic discrimination faced by young students in our community. This allows us to educate ourselves about available resources, helps us better understand our patient populations, and build more quality relationships, ”added Ms. Mosher.