July 20, 2012
The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) at the VCOM - Carolinas Campus recently partnered with the local Big Brothers Big Sisters program and several other Spartanburg-area youth organizations to develop the D.O. Young Scholars Program, providing a variety of mentoring events for local junior high and high school students to gain experience in the medical field.
The young scholars program is a benefit to the community and a resource for the SNMA to meet its main objectives by eliminating health disparities, advocating for the underserved, and providing guidance for those who seek to become clinically excellent, culturally competent, and socially conscious physicians.
The first event hosted by the SNMA and D.O. Young Scholars Program, Aspiring Doc Day, was held on Saturday, June 16. Seventeen students from the local Big Brothers Big Sisters program gained practical experience in the anatomy lab and learned to perform eye and ear exams, endotracheal intubations, and lumbar puncture (commonly known as spinal tap). In addition, the SNMA hosted a week-long, hands-on summer camp in July, and plans to host a number of events at the Carolinas Campus in the future.