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Mini-med school benefits Immokalee-area students

By Jodi Truell, SSTRIDE coordinator in Immokalee

August 2017

The Florida State University College of Medicine Immokalee Summer Institute is designed for high school juniors and seniors who are interested in pursuing a career in the medical field. It provides students with a mini-medical school experience introducing them to anatomy, physiology, biopsychosocial model of medicine, professionalism and research.

The Summer Institute motivates students to excel academically, introduces them to a variety of career choices in the field of health care, provides information about scholarships and university mentoring programs and gives students a perspective on the life of college students and medical students.

Through a partnership with the Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida, the program exposes students to real-world aspects of the medical field through presentations about safety and patient rights, tours of each aspect of the Immokalee clinic and shadowing experiences with nurses and doctors. The goal is to inspire students to pursue careers in health-care professions.

This summer, 28 students were accepted and given a full scholarship to attend the program. Students came from areas of Collier and Lee counties such as Immokalee, Palmetto Ridge, Gulfcoast, Estero, Labelle, Lehigh and Dunbar high schools.
Students were grouped into two sessions, both two weeks in length. Highlights included shadowing in three areas of the Immokalee clinic, attending field trips to the Roberts Senior Center and Lee Memorial Hospital as well as sessions dissecting a rat and cow’s heart during their sessions.