On May 23, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific Northwest hosted the Mini-Medical School day.
Kindergartners from every school within the district, plus East Linn Christian Academy and home schooled children, rotated through stations learning about medicine.
The program is designed to teach local kindergarten children about the importance of disease prevention and healthy lifestyle choices.
Physicians and medical students lead several stations teaching children about the skeletal structure, heart, medical instruments, germs. In addition, there was a special mini “Operating Room,” where children learned about the body’s organs.
Samaritan Albany General Hospital provided gloves, masks and hair coverings for the 400 — plus kindergartners who “operated” on their classmates.
Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital provided pediatric medical gowns for the “Operating Room.”
The event was sponsored by the Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons of Oregon as well as COMP-Northwest.