LECOM Bradenton students participate in Project Teach
Fourth-grade class learns about becoming an osteopathic physician

LECOM Bradenton second-year osteopathic medical student Jacqueline Ryan speaks with Myakka Elementary School fourth-grade student Katie Bailey during Project Teach.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Students from LECOM Bradenton tried to help answer that question for students at Myakka Elementary School by participating in Project Teach.

For the past 15 years, Project Teach has been encouraging students to begin thinking about their future. The event is sponsored by the Manatee Education Foundation and the Manatee Chamber of Commerce.

Second-year osteopathic medical students Jacqueline Ryan and Malissa Miller were peppered with questions.

"How long do you have to go to school to become a doctor?" asked fourth-grader Maykayla Mcleod.

"Is cracking your knuckles bad for you?" asked classmate Cameron Bennett.

Ryan and Miller encouraged the students to do well in school, eat healthy and stay away from drugs, alcohol and cigarettes. They also passed around a model spine to the students.

"Part of our training to become an osteopathic doctor involves work with the musculoskeletal system," Ryan said.

At the end of the hourlong session, students were asked to design their own business cards and present them to their classmates.

January 23, 2009
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