For the 2016 AMA Medical Education Innovation Challenge, medical students across the country were challenged to re-imagine the medical schools of the future. Among those awarded were Carol Platt and Nicole Paprocki, two second-year medical students from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM), who came up with a project that took medical education out of lecture halls and into communities in underserved areas.
On a mission to build relationships between medical students and their communities as well as to inspire the future generation of medical students, the two organized various outreach programs to schools in Chicago and Indiana, where medical students gave free hands-on medical lessons.
One of the beneficiaries of these outreach programs was the 21st Century Charter School in Gary, Indiana. Here, 120 students from grades seven and eight received practical lessons on radiology. Medical students taught the students how X-rays were used to see the skeleton inside the body and spot bone fractures. In subsequent lessons, students learned how to wrap bandages, perform CPR, and check each other’s vital signs.