Students from Northridge Middle School attended a “Mini Medical School” at Northridge Hospital Medical Center on April 12.
The students were able to learn about the healthcare profession from various physicians, residents and medical students, who taught them hands-on skills such as using medical instruments, reading x-rays, observing ultra sounds on patient volunteers, taking blood pressure readings, bandaging sprains and identifying the organs in the human body.
Many of these children lack the access to education and resources that would otherwise expose them to the field of healthcare, making this a unique experience for them.
“We are so excited to be hosting the Mini Medical School for middle school-aged students in the hopes of inspiring them to pursue opportunities in the medical profession,” says Dr. Eric Gama, Family Medicine, OB/GYN. “Many children in underprivileged communities lack equitable access to educational resources, particularly those that pertain to the field of healthcare. That is why it’s so imperative that we give them the chance to learn about medicine while providing them some engaging skills and tools along the way.”
Students engaged with doctors and patients at Dignity Health – Northridge Hospital Medical Center Family Practice, 18460 Roscoe Blvd.
Founded in 1955, Northridge Hospital Medical Center is a 394-bed, acute care, nonprofit community hospital.
The hospital offers a full complement of award-winning services, including the Leavey Cancer Center, a Cardiovascular Center, the Center for Assault Treatment Services, a Neuroscience Center of Excellence, a pediatric intensive care unit, and the only pediatric trauma center in the San Fernando Valley.