Tulane Med Students Host Career Day to Inspire Teens to Become Doctors

January 24, 2012

Keith Brannon
Phone: 504-865-5210

Tulane medical students will teach high school students about careers in medicine at Career M.D. Day on Jan. 31.

More than 30 high school students from central Louisiana will learn what it’s like to train to be a physician as part of a hands-on career day hosted by Tulane University School of Medicine students next week.

Career M.D. Day, scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 31, will give teens the opportunity to conduct medical procedures on life-like robotic mannequins at the Tulane Center for Advanced Medical Simulation and Team Training. The teens will also work with actors, called “standardized patients” who help trainees master bedside methods of examination and history-taking. The day will include lessons in CPR, emergency medicine, robotic surgery, suturing exercises and adult physical exams.

“The high schools students who participate in this program are those who we hope will think about careers in health care,” said organizer Dr. Richard Streiffer, professor of family and community medicine. “Louisiana is facing a worsening shortage of health care providers, particularly in primary care and in rural areas. This type of experience has been shown to give kids a realistic taste of what doctors go through and, hopefully, inspire them to continue to pursue careers in medicine.”

Approximately 32 high school juniors and seniors from East Baton Rouge, Iberville, Pointe Coupee, Avoyelles, Ascension and East Feliciana parishes will take part in the training, which also includes tours of Tulane University School of Medicine and Tulane Medical Center. The event is co-sponsored by the Central Louisiana Area Health Education Center (AHEC), a non-profit agency and one of Louisiana’s four AHECs, developed to address the growing shortage of healthcare workers in rural areas across the state.

Members of the media are invited to attend interactive training sessions scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Tulane's simulation center, located on the third floor of the Murphy Building, 131 S. Robertson St. For more information or a full schedule of events, call 504-862-8789.

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000