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Metro Health Physicians “Mini Med School” At North Godwin Elementary October 24

The T.E.A.M. 21 after school program at North Godwin Elementary School will conduct a “mini medical school” with Osteopathic physicians (D.O.s) representing the Family Medicine Residency program at Metro Health – University of Michigan Health’s Community Clinic and members from the Michigan Health Council on October 24.

Dr. Kelley Brinsky, who helped organize the event said: “We want to teach children about their health, while also promoting careers in the field of medicine. Other goals are alleviating fears associated with physicians, so children feel comfortable with opening up to us about anything at a young age. If only one child of the 66 becomes interested in the field of medicine, makes a goal to become a doctor, or just eats more veggies, I’d call this a successful event.”

Students from grades one through five will visit six stations, looking at x-rays for bone health, medical instruments, hygiene and germs, organs, nutrition and exercise. Students will place Velcro organs on an anatomy apron and learn how to use medical equipment like a stethoscope. At the end of the sessions there will be a photo booth with the child being photographed with a doctor’s coat and a stethoscope. Each student will  take home  a workbook, a “diploma”, and a goodie bag – supplied by Michigan Health Council.

What:             Mini-Medical School to teach young children how to keep their bodies healthy.

Who:              Members of the Metro Health – University of Michigan Health Family Medicine Residency Program and Michigan Health Council

When:            Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, from 3:45 – 5:45 p.m.

Where:           North Godwin Elementary (Gymnasium)
161 34th St SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49548

Media are encouraged to notify the day of event contacts of their intent to attend.

Contacts for the day of the event are:

Michigan Health Council                                  North Godwin Elementary School
Brandess Wallace, MPH                                   T.E.A.M. 21 After School Program
517.347.3333                                                       Ellen Hansel
616.252.2010

 

About D.O.s:

Osteopathic physicians (D.O.s) are fully licensed to prescribe medication and practice in all specialty areas, including surgery. D.O.s are trained to consider the health of the whole person and use their hands to help diagnose and treat their patients. They focus on preventive health care by teaching their patients to develop attitudes and lifestyles that don’t just fight illness but also help prevent it.

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