“Girl Scouts Go to Medical School” is an annual event led by UB medical students.
Elizabeth Repasky, a research professor at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, talks about her career with a group of Girl Scouts.
Lauren Kuwik (third from left), clinical instructor in the Department of Medicine, talks with Brianna Morrissey (right).
Lauren Kuwik, clinical instructor in the Department of Medicine, proudly wears her Girl Scout sash and holds a special patch Scouts received for attending the event.
Frontier Middle School students (from left) Juliana Meade, Ava Imiola, Taryn O'Shei and Ashley Mazur. All are from Troop 31319.
From left: Natasha Singh, Simranjit Kaur, Elizabeth Repasky, Sylvia Regalla, Emily Nehl and Mika Connolly.
At the "Brain Station," Scouts learned about the components of the brain, and colored and constructed paper brains.
For Olivia Wass of Frontier Middle School and Troop 31319, the paper brain also served as a stylish hat.
Second-year medical students Teigan Ruster (left) and Cynthia Alvarez draw heart diagrams as part of a lesson on the human heart.
Rachel VanWinkle and Olivia Keefe of Troop 60235 in Rochester listen to each other's lungs. The Scouts learned what doctors listen for to diagnose certain diseases, and that crackling that sounds like Rice Krispies could mean a patient has COPD.
At the "Cranial Nerves" station, medical student Emma Steinmetz (left, in gray sweater) leads Amanda Sheehan (center, in black) and Audrey Kohlman (in pink hoodie) through 12 tests to assess nerve viability or damage.
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.