Preschoolers Play Health Care Professional at TTUHSC El Paso
Three-year-olds donning white coats and stethoscopes roamed the halls of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) on Tuesday, Jan. 17, to experience a day in the life of a health care professional.
The munchkins — preschoolers from St. Mark’s School — spent the morning learning what it’s like to be a health care provider. Their visit to campus included a trip to the Gross Anatomy Lab, where they tinkered with models of skeletons, brains, and hearts, and learned how to use a stethoscope. The children also practiced their physician skills while tending to sick teddy bears and completed their first mock surgery while playing the board game Operation.
The children also had the opportunity to talk with nursing students at the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing (GGHSON). GGHSON Dean Jeanne Novotny, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, and TTUHSC El Paso President Richard Lange, M.D., M.B.A, met with the St. Mark’s School students for a brief Q&A session at the end of their field trip.
The TTUHSC El Paso initiative was created to inspire children to consider future careers in health care, such as nursing and medical research. The event was co-organized by the Office of Institutional Advancement and the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine Office of Admissions’ Outreach Programs department.