Story and photos by Gregg McQueen
Through a program titled Young Docs, members of CUMC’s Black and Latino Student Organization (BALSO) visit local classrooms throughout Washington Heights, Inwood and Harlem to expose school-age children to the medical field and encourage them to become leaders within their communities.
Another goal is to minimize the natural fear that children have of medical professionals, explained Shaliesha Hinds, a BALSO co-coordinator.
“At that point in their lives, all kids know about doctors is that they give shots,” said Hinds. “We teach them about what doctors really do and how they help the community.”
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