Fifth graders experience a day in the life of a medical student

Fifth graders experience a day in the life of a medical student

LUBBOCK, Texas -

Some fifth graders got the opportunity to explore the medical field as doctors for the day. They counter-standardized, went through E.R and other simulations to peak their interests. 

Kafayat Basari, the program's founder, says a lot of the inspiration was based off her personal experience. 

"I initially wanted to start something that was going to create a spark for underrepresented minority kids and get them to learn more about medicine since I was passionate about that when I was a kid but didn't see anyone who looked like me," Basari said.  

Alejandro Espinosa-Tello is the maps liaison for the Student National Medical Association. He's trying to instill the same insight to kids he wish he had at a younger age. 

"My parents are both immigrants. They barely speak English and they are janitors. As a student, I didn't know that becoming a physician was a career option until near the end of college and hopefully this program will get students on their path sooner than they otherwise would've ended up doing," Espinosa-Tello said. 

Basari said the program has shown improvement. 

"It's getting bigger and better with the new exec board and how they're incorporating new things into it. For me, it's rewarding to have these kids come in and have this experience. It's always something I wanted to happen when I was a kid and now that it's happening it's actually really nice." 

Brusari said she expects this program to continue for years to come after she completes medical school.

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