PIKEVILLE – Examining bones isn’t something a second-grader typically gets to do during the course of a school day. For nearly 70 students from Betsy Layne Elementary School, identifying the bones of the human body was one of many activities medical students from the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM) had planned during a mini medical school event.
Medical students and faculty prepared a day of fun activities to teach the youngsters about osteopathic medicine and help ease the fears about doctor visits. The annual event is hosted by the KYCOM chapter of the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians.
“The purpose of this event was to get kids interested in medicine and healthcare at an early age,” said Prachi Shah, second-year medical student and president of the pediatrics club at KYCOM. “We wanted the event to be fun and interactive and something the kids would enjoy and remember. We have been putting on this event for years and the kids have a blast. The event is also a great way for the medical students to get away from their books and get involved in the community. We had almost 60 first- and second-year students help out with the event this year.”
Elementary students participated in hands-on activities including a teddy bear suture clinic, demonstrations on how the human body works, viewed models and learned about good nutrition, first-aid and safety.