More girls than ever have registered for this year’s Girls Go Med event, hosted by the NEOMED chapter of the national American Medical Women’s Association. Fifty students plan to attend the Feb. 11 event at NEOMED, which provides a full day of mentoring experience for high school females across the state of Ohio to see the field of medicine through the eyes of a current medicine student.
Attendees are placed in groups of four or five and paired with a medical student mentor to rotate throughout the course of the activities throughout the day. The schedule is hands-on, allowing the students the opportunity to conduct patient interviews, learn about multiple physical exams, stitch sutures on bananas and take blood pressure. Participants also get a small taste of medical school through cadaveric organ discussions.
“They get to see and handle hearts and brains while learning about the functions of those organs,” said Smriti Gupta, one of three coordinators of the event.
New to this year’s event is a career panel including medical, public health and graduate science students to showcase the variety of opportunities present when working within both the health care and scientific workforces.
Gupta said she and the other coordinators, Marissa Li and Roma Chokshi, are looking forward to the event: “We have been working on this event since October of last year and we are extremely excited to see it come to fruition.”