Students become doctors for a day

May 14, 2009 3:02:37 PM PDT
Sometimes the best way to learn about something is by experiencing it. And some local charter school students got to leave the classroom and become doctors for the day. It was more than just a chance for kids to dress up and pretend to be doctors.

The program is called Doctors for a Day, and it's offered by New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia to students from Brooklyn's Community Partnership Charter School.

"I'm very inspired about what's been going on, what they've been teaching us," student Sierra Chisholm said.

"I think it exposes them to a world that many children in public education never see," charter school co-founder Carol Rich said.

It is the second year for the program, based on a special relationship between the K-through-5th grade school and the hospital. The kids learned about medical procedures and technology, even getting to try their hand at equipment for laproscopic surgery.

"When we're usually at school, we only use microscopes and stuff," student Giancarlos Gomez said. "So this is really a big opportunity."

The laproscopic surgery equipment is obviously the most visual tool in teaching the kids, but the overall idea is to encourage their interests in medicine and science.

"We want our kids to be among the top in science and math, and I think they're getting there," charter school co-founder Joe Rich said.

The Riches founded two charter schools through their foundation, called Beginning with Children. And some of the kids at Doctors for a Day say they have begun to think of medical careers.

"What we just want them to know is that through education and hard work, they can do anything they want," Dr. Jamie Landman said.

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WEB PRODUCED BY: Bill King


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