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2 COMMUNIQU FALL 2015 NEW PARTNERSHIP INTRODUCES MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS TO OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE Alex Schneider member of the Class of 2017 demonstrates basic OMM techniques to participants in the Future DOcs GATE program. by Laura Probyn Its not uncommon to hear a doctor say that he or she set a career path when still a child. A new partnership between MSUCOM and the MSU Gifted and Talented Education GATE program gave middle school and early high school students the chance to begin exploring a career in medicine on the MSU campus this summer. The rst Future DOcs GATE program took place June 22-27. The 20 young campers from grades six through nine had the option to stay in a dorm or to commute to campus for daily activities that included CPR training building clinical skills exploring forensics learning about osteopathic manipulative medicine working in teams and developing interpersonal skills. The program came about after GATE Director Susan Sheth saw a link to the MSUCOM Future DOcs webpage. She began looking into the program and saw the potential for an offering that would be a strong addition to the GATE lineup of summer sessions focused on math technology and forensic science. Sheth then approached MSUCOM Manager of Outreach and Inclusion Floyd Hardin III at a meeting of MSUs pre-college program organizers to discuss the idea. I went over and introduced myself and I said I think we should meet so we did. Floyd really liked the idea of a feeder program which we do primarily with middle school students at this point. As its name implies GATE is targeted toward academically accelerated students. Most of its activities are aimed at middle schoolers because Sheth and her team see more opportunities available in multiple arenas for high school students. Hardin instantly saw a t for a new version of the Future DOcs program which MSUCOM offers for high school students in southeast Michigan and the Lansing area. When Susan approached me about collaborating I was over the moon excited about it he says. We had done some preliminary efforts in trying to expand the programs into the middle schools and elementary schools so we were looking for intentional efforts to collaborate and expand what we were doing. I think it was a really perfect t. Participants came from communities across Michigan and other states. Those who chose to stay on campus lived in Shaw Hall. They ate in the residence hall attended classes and got a taste of life on a major university campus. The young students had the chance to learn from MSUCOM faculty members work with current osteopathic medical students and get mentoring from Osteopathic Medical ScholarsMSU undergraduates who are also interested in careers as physicians. Its been a great marriage between the two programs Hardin notes. We have so many of our high school students who have younger brothers and sisters or parents in our networks in southeast Michigan and here in Lansing who are looking for programs for younger students. With the birth of the GATE collaboration we have somewhere that those students who are not yet in high school can begin to get that exposure to osteopathic medicine. The rst group of Future DOcs GATE program students stop for a photo with their tutorcounselors and MSUCOM admissions staffers. Armed and ready the Future DOcs GATE students learn the basics of drawing blood from manikin arms in the Learning and Assessment Center. STUDENTS