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KYCOM hosts Mini Medical School

April 24, 2017 12:00 AM
Pikeville, Ky.
Examining bones isn’t something a third-grader typically gets to do during the course of a school day. For more than 60 students from Betsy Layne Elementary, 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 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 is to get kids interested in medicine at a young age, because for many of us medical students, we are living a lifelong dream,” said Nichole Indelicato, second-year osteopathic medical student. “I don’t think I speak only for myself when I say that  I was inspired by someone from a very young age to embark on this journey to becoming a physician. Instilling the same passion that got us to KYCOM in a group of unsuspecting eight-year-olds is something that we are honored to do, and if we can make it fun too, well that’s even better.” Elementary students participated in hands-on activities including demonstrations of how the human body works, viewed models and learned about good nutrition, first-aid and safety. 


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