More than 50 children between the ages of 6 and 16 are getting a taste of medical school throughout July and August as the University of Maryland School of Medicine holds its fifth annual Mini-Med School for Kids at the Salvation Army's Franklin Square Boys & Girls Club summer camp in West Baltimore.
"Mini-Med School for Kids targets children from our underserved community in hopes of delivering key messages about important health and lifestyle issues," explains Heather Graham Phelps, MA, manager of public affairs at the School of Medicine. "It's our intent to reach these kids while they are still young and healthy in order to instill valuable information about taking care of their bodies and making smarter health and lifestyle choices."
Classes kicked off July 11 with Wilbur Chen, MD, assistant professor, Department of Medicine, discussing the importance of vaccines. The children at the camp asked astute questions about viruses, germs, and how they can keep themselves and their older relatives healthy, impressing Chen with their curiosity.
Mini-Med School for Kids will continue each Wednesday morning until Aug. 15.
Additional topics are: Brain Power: Learning Better Focus and Concentration Skills(Niharika Khanna, MBBS, MD, DGO, associate professor, Department of Family & Community Medicine); Avoiding Bullying and Peer Pressure (Gloria Reeves, MD, assistant professor, Department of Psychiatry); Asthma, Allergies, and the Breathmobile (Mary Beth Bollinger, DO, associate professor, Department of Pediatrics); and Smoking, Drugs, Alcohol Abuse, & Other Addictions (Christopher Welsh, MD, associate professor, Department of Psychiatry).
The final session will bring the campers to campus to experience a day at the School of Medicine. This will include a class on Healthy Movements to Music with Yvette Rooks, MD, assistant professor, Department of Family & Community Medicine.
E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, vice president for medical affairs at the University of Maryland and the John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor, and dean of the School of Medicine, will preside over graduation ceremonies.