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'Doc for a Day' lets teens experience medical school

High school students practice CPR, suturing and more during annual Doc for a Day program at KU School of Medicine-Wichita.

High school students learn about manikins in the Simulation Center at KU School of Medicine-Wichita
High school students learn about the high-tech manikins in the Simulation Center as part of the annual Doc for a Day program at KU School of Medicine-Wichita.

Several local high school students not only took their first step inside of a medical school recently, but they also got to practice CPR, suturing and delivering a baby from a high-tech manikin.

The activities were part of the annual Doc for a Day program in November at KU School of Medicine-Wichita. Although the program was scaled back this year with only about 30 high school students attending, compared to more than 70 in 2019, Doc for a Day still made strides in inspiring youth to pursue a career in medicine.

Separated in small groups, the teenagers went to different stations and learned a variety of skills from current medical students, including how to check vitals during a mock clinic visit, what "code blue" means and how to do sterile field techniques.

"These techniques and skills are things we learn throughout our time in medical school, so I think it's amazing that the high school students can learn and implement these skills at such an early time in their educational journey," said Sara Shaban, second-year medical student at KU School of Medicine-Wichita.

High school principals and guidance counselors recommend students for participation in the Doc for a Day program, which is sponsored by the Family Medicine Interest Group at KU School of Medicine-Wichita.

"It's a wonderful event and it's an honor for KU School of Medicine-Wichita students to be able to play even a small part in sparking an interest for this group of potential future physicians and health care workers," Shaban said.

Above, at right: High school students practice medical techniques during the Doc for a Day program at KU School of Medicine-Wichita.


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