Students Visiting Morehouse School of Medicine
Get Dose of Medical Field, Campus Life
The next generation of health care workers recently took to Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) to get a dose of campus life and explore the field of medicine.
Fifty students from the Atlanta section of the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF), part of the Envision family of programs, took part in the one-day MSM campus visit on Tuesday, June 21. The visit, intended for those interested in careers in medicine and health care, highlighted information about MSM programs, and included a tour of MSM’s facilities and remarks from esteemed faculty. Students benefited from the following hands-on workshops:
- Basic Clinical Skills: Physical Exams with Dr. Janice Herbert-Carter
- Basic Clinical Skills: Vital Signs Plus with medical student leaders
- Neurobiology with Dr. John Patrickson
- Meet iStan (the wireless patient simulator) with Dr. Khadeja Johnson
The NYLF visit was part of MSM’s continued summer pipeline outreach, which gives young students underrepresented in medicine a chance to prepare to enter careers in health care and biomedical research.
Natalis Crosby, 15, wants to be a dentist one day. She attended the MSM visit, which was one component of the nine-day NYLF program based at Emory University.
“It’s going to get me ready,” the Memphis, Tenn. resident said of the program. Taking part in Dr. Herbert-Carter’s workshop, Natalis was able to handle some common instruments doctors use during physical exams. Her thoughts on listening to her classmate’s heartbeat through a stethoscope?
Intriguing but “creepy,” she said with a smile.
Kelvin Oliver, a member of MSM’s M.D. program, was an assisting student leader at the one-day visit. “It gives them great exposure,” he said.
Second-year MSM M.D. student Dana Lynne Pennamon, medical student coordinator for Envision, said she was impressed with the visiting high schoolers.
“They ask extremely detailed questions,” she said. “They are very with it.”
The visit exposed attendees not only to the medical arts but to MSM, known for its social mission and family-oriented feel.
“Who knows, maybe we’ll see them in a few years!” Pennamon said.
About Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM)
Founded in 1975, MSM is among the nation's leading educators of primary care physicians and was recognized by Annals of Internal Medicine in 2011 as the top institution in the first study of U.S. medical schools for our social mission based on our production of primary care physicians, training of underrepresented minority doctors and placement of doctors practicing in underserved communities. Our faculty and alumni are noted for excellence in teaching, research and public policy, as well as exceptional patient care.
Morehouse School of Medicine is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award doctoral and master's degrees. For more information, please visit www.msm.edu.