Midwestern University Students Encourage Interest in Healthcare Careers

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March 04, 2022 | Downers Grove, IL

High school and graduate student interactive demonstration CCOM students and faculty presented various topics as part of a virtual mini-medical school.

Students at Midwestern University’s Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) presented a unique learning opportunity designed to introduce 70 undergraduate and high school students from under-represented and minority communities to the many aspects of health science careers through virtual lectures, interactive demonstrations, and 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 participants from diverse backgrounds representing numerous high schools and colleges across the Chicagoland area including Saint Xavier University, Hubbard High School, West Aurora High School, Main South High School, and others.

“We hope to empower students to find their unique path to their desired career, using the academic information, professional advice, and life experiences shared by our presenters,” said Hannah Gokhale (CCOM 2024), one of the organizers of the event. “It is important for CCOM to continue offering this program to instill interest and provide information about healthcare to populations that may have limited access or exposure to these resources.”

Participants received a learning kit in the mail prior to the event to help them more fully engage in activities designed to teach basic anatomy and physiology. Sessions included an introduction to musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, respiratory, and neurological systems as well as an overview of careers in medicine and tips for applying to graduate-level healthcare programs.

CCOM students also learned valuable lessons throughout the program. “Being a part of the mini-medical school team is truly an interprofessional experience. Our volunteers represent many of the programs at Midwestern University. Everyone’s experience is unique and together we create the best possible experience for the participants – much like a healthcare team working to provide the best possible care to their patients,” Hannah added.