Times Staff Report
April 2, 2013
PIKEVILLE – Examining x-rays isn’t something a third-grader typically gets to do during the course of a school day. For 53 students from Betsy Layne Elementary identifying the bones of the human body was one of many activities medical students from the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (KYCOM) had planned for them during a mini-medical school event.
Medical students and faculty planned a day of fun activities to teach the youngsters about osteopathic medicine and help ease the fears about doctor visits. The annual event is hosted by the KYCOM chapter of the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians.
“Our goal is to promote a healthy lifestyle with students at a young age,” said Joshua Eason, second-year medical student and president of the KYCOM chapter of ACOP. “We teach them about staying active, making healthy food choices, the importance of oral health and basic safety.”
Elementary students participated in hands-on activities including a teddy bear suture clinic, demonstrations on how the human body works, viewed x-rays and models and learned about good nutrition, first-aid and safety.