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DOctor's Bag Program for early exploration into medicine

DOctor's Bag Program

Helping Kids Feel Comfortable with Doctors

Nova Southeastern University's Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine's Doctor's Bag program helps children overcome anxieties about doctor visits. Through interactive activities at local schools and hospitals (grades K-2), student volunteers demystify medical tools (like stethoscopes and x-rays), hygiene, and the doctor's role, fostering a sense of comfort and familiarity.

Some of the activities that are included are listed below.

  1. Stethoscopes are available to allow a child to listen to their own heart and lungs. This will allow the child to hear what the doctor hears and realize that a stethoscope is harmless.
  2. Organs are disorganized on a Velcro Vest and children are allowed to place them back in order. They will be taught basic anatomy and where our food goes when we eat.
  3. An x-ray box will display x-rays for a child to see, and the purpose of taking x-rays will be discussed.
  4. A small skeleton is available for children to see the bones of the body.
  5. The spread of bacteria and the importance of hand washing will be taught.

The timing of this program varies by the number of children and the number of volunteers. It typically lasts about two hours and is facilitated by osteopathic medical student doctors. The program takes place throughout the school year; however the schedule is usually determined at the beginning of each semester.

If you are interested in participating in the DOctor's Bag program, please contact the Office of Student Affairs.

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