“Girl Scouts Go to Medical School” is an annual event led by UB medical students.
Izabelle Tucholski, a sixth-grader from Transit Middle School, looks over her event passport. The scouts received stickers for their passports at each of the morning's events.
Getting accustomed to their purple gloves are Troop #306 members (from left) Norah Altamimi, Caroline Keim (in pink hat), Chand Kodial and Izabelle Tucholski.
The scouts at this table are learning how to suture by sewing together two pieces of felt to create small teddy bears. Working on their teddy bears are Alyssa Crewe (foreground) and Hope Parkhilo-Wylie (to Alyssa's right), both members of Troop #70029 in Lewiston.
First-year medical student Julia Liberto (at left, holding skull) examines human bones with (from left) Chand Kodial, Norah Altamimi and Izabelle Tucholski.
Audrey Wagner (left), a first-year medical student, and Brandon Mariotti also a first-year medical student who is wearing his brain cap, talk about the brain. The scouts put together paper brains after coloring the different areas of the brain.
Addressing the scouts are doctor panelists (from left) Kathy Bethin (holding the microphone), Jennifer Meka, Medhavi Gupta and Maya Khalil. According to the projection screen, Thin Mints are Bethin's favorite Girl Scout cookies.
Western New York Girls Scouts learn about careers in medicine at the annual Girl Scouts Go to Medical School event sponsored by UB DoctHERS, a network of female physicians, scientists, faculty, residents and students at UB that promotes women in medicine and science.
During this half-day program, medical students teach the Girl Scouts how to use stethoscopes and reflex hammers while introducing them to the basics of the physical exam. Using the anatomy lab's "bone boxes," the girls learn about the musculoskeletal system. At a session on radiology, medical students show them how physicians use X-rays in clinical care.
This event culminates with a Q&A session during which the girls and their parents ask medical students about their journey to medical school and their professional aspirations.