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Mini-medical school programs are an effective tool to introduce students to osteopathic medicine

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Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment

J Am Osteopath Assoc. 2014 Feb;114(2):109-12.

Authors:

Kathryn E Kaye, Alyssa L Berns, Lyndsi R Cress, Andrea M Nazar

Abstract.



Context: Mini-medical school programs are designed to give participants, usually high school students, a more realistic perception of medicine and to leave students with a stronger desire to pursue a career in medicine.

Objective: To determine if the annual High School Mini-Medical School program hosted by the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine increased interest in osteopathic medicine among high school students.

Design: A survey was conducted before and after the program to test the program's effectiveness.

Setting: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine's Clinical Education Center.

Participants: High school students from Charleston, Fairmont, and the Greenbrier Valley in West Virginia.

Interventions: The participants attended an outreach program designed to interest them in a career in medicine and specifically osteopathic medicine.

Results: Sixty-nine participants came away with an improved understanding of a physician's life and medical school after the program. There was a mean increase in positive responses for the survey items "I understand what medical school life is truly like" (P=.0066) and "I understand what life as a doctor is really like" (P=.0004). PARTICIPANTS left the program with a stronger desire to pursue a career in medicine (P<.0001).

Conclusion: Mini-medical school programs are an effective tool to inspire high school students to pursue careers in medicine, including osteopathic medicine.

Publication Date: 

2014 Feb

OEID: 

2471

Kaye, EK., Berns, LA., Cress, RL., Nazar, MA. (2014) 'Mini-medical school programs are an effective tool to introduce students to osteopathic medicine ', J Am Osteopath Assoc. 2014 Feb;114(2):109-12.

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