Ervin Elementary fifth graders become doctors for the day

5th graders become doctors for a day

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Doctors were in training Friday at Texas Tech Health Science Center. But these doctors still have to pass 5th grade before they officially get their white lab coats. On Friday 68 fifth graders from Lubbock ISD’s Ervin Elementary School went to a mini day camp, where they received hands on experience in the medical field.

Crystal Ike is a second-year medical student and president of the TTUHSC Student National Medical Association. “They have opportunities to interact with other simulations such as eyes and ears station, we have a dummy station where they get to hear heart sounds and we also have a few ultrasound stations as well. They get to see what it’s like to do ultrasounds on some people.”

After visiting the various stations, the students moved into a classroom where they watched an interactive skit and asked questions of the young doctors.

This is the third year for the program, its goal is to inspire youth to become interested in healthcare.

Alejandro Espinosa-Tello is a second-year medial student and the minority association for pre-medical scholars liaison for SNMA. “We are trying to introduce these students more to the health care field. So, they have a better understanding of what it means to be a doctor, and what a doctor does. And hopefully inspire them to pursue that as a career.”

Espinosa-Tello also explained why these students were chosen. "So, we picked Ervin Elementary School because it is predominately underrepresented minorities in the health care field.” Something he closely relates to. “I come from a background like a lot of these students. My parents are immigrants, they barely speak English, they are janitors. And as a student, I didn’t know that becoming a physician was a career option until near the end of college.”

The doctors hope Friday’s interaction with students will get them on a career path sooner than they would have thought. “It’s good to get that exposure when you’re younger so you can see what your interests are and if you like the field of medicine it’s a great time to start getting into that and seeing if there are mentors that you can find."

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