Hello and welcome to the Pediatrics Interest Group! We are committed to improving healthcare, serving the community, and providing our student members with opportunities to interact with children in meaningful ways. We LOVE kids! We understand that kids are not just mini-adults; they have their own identities, qualities and needs which should be considered both in not only medical settings but during all types of interactions with them. We excitedly volunteer with children, we creatively organize outreach events, and we passionately inspire kids to pursue interests in their own health and potentially even future careers in medicine! Before going any further and telling you about how we spend our time as a club, let us introduce ourselves:
Our advisor is Dr. Noah Kohn.
So.. what do we do during our time together? We volunteer with kids! In the past, we’ve been very active with The Shade Tree, Opportunity Village, and schools around the Las Vegas valley. With that being said, we’re always open to new ideas from members! So, speak up if you have causes you’re passionate about, and we will do our best to bring your ideas to life.
- The Shade Tree is our main volunteer activity. The Shade Tree is a shelter for battered and abused women and children. We visit The Shade Tree two times a month and do arts and crafts projects with the kids. The kids range in age from infants to teenagers, so we try at each visit to choose an activity that will entertain the everyone. Whether we are coloring pages or making stick figures, we enjoy every moment with the kids.
- Each year, the PEDS Interest Group plans and facilitates a Mini Med School Day at a local elementary school. At this event, students learn where the organs fit in their bodies, what good nutrition includes, how to exercise correctly, how to read an X-ray, and many other aspects of being little doctors. They will graduate from the program and receive a certificate authenticating their mini med school achievement. This requires lots of help and lots of energy, so get EXCITED.
- In the past, we have enjoyed visiting local schools to speak to students. This past year, we visited Arbor View High School in the Centennial Hills area of Las Vegas. During each class hour, after introducing ourselves, we opened up the day for a Q&A session during which students were free to ask about anything they wanted to know. Conversation topics ranged from applying to college, studying for the MCAT, and acclimating to the life of a med student to buying your own groceries, balancing social relationships with school, and locating hard-to-find scholarships. At the end of the class period, we gave away prizes to those students who were quickly able to answer questions which were addressed during the class (i.e. “What does OMM stand for? What’s a FAFSA form? What is Touro’s mascot?).
So… WHO’S READY TO WORK WITH & VOLUNTEER FOR KIDS?! Please join us on Club Day on August 10th and 11th to see what we’re all about. Our club cost is $15, which buys you a four-year membership along with an awesome, soft T-shirt. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or ideas, always.