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'Doc for a Day' encourages high school students to pursue medical careers

November 13, 2018

Students in simulation center

During Doc for a Day, high school students practice medical techniques in the Simulation Center at KU School of Medicine-Wichita.

By Darcy Gray

Imagine, as a high school student, having the opportunity to practice suturing alongside medical students before entering medical school.

Getting a taste of what medical school is like - and inspiring career interests in the field of medicine - is what the annual Doc for a Day program is all about at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita.

This year, 65 students from nearly 20 area high schools participated in Doc for a Day on Nov. 3 at KU School of Medicine-Wichita, where they got to see firsthand what medical school and medical careers are like. The students, all high school juniors and seniors, are recommended for participation in the program by their high school principal or guidance counselor.

Doc for a Day, a half-day program that started in 2002, includes several stations in which KU Wichita medical students demonstrate medical techniques and then guide the high school students as they try their hands at it. The program is organized and sponsored by the Family Medicine Interest Group, a medical specialty interest group comprised of medical students at KU School of Medicine-Wichita. During Doc for a Day, 22 medical students volunteered to lead activities such as suturing, venipuncture, code simulation and radiology.

The high school students who participated also received information about potential careers during the program, which served as a preview of medical school in Wichita.
Students participating in the 2018 Doc for a Day program were from the following high schools:

  • Andale
  • Andover Central
  • Buhler
  • Campus
  • Clearwater
  • Derby
  • East (Wichita)
  • Eisenhower
  • El Dorado
  • Goddard
  • Maize
  • McPherson
  • North (Wichita)
  • Northwest (Wichita)
  • Rose Hill
  • South (Wichita)
  • Southeast (Wichita)
  • Valley Center

See more photos from the 2018 Doc for a Day program in our online photo album.

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