Second graders get to be doctors for a day with medical students
Dozens of second grade students at the Rafael Hernandez Dual Language School got to be doctors for a day alongside medical students of color at the Weill Cornell School of Medicine.
The event was organized by WHEDCO, a youth education program aimed at showing kids of color that people just like them can be doctors.
“Remember when we were in elementary school, firefighters would come, police officers would come, and a lot of kids would be like I want to be that one day,” said Miguel Chavez, second-year medical student at Weill Cornell. “Hopefully, they remember us when they grow up. Hopefully they go down the same path and become physicians as well.”
The students went through workshops where they learned about the respiratory system, germs, and how to listen to their own hearts.