Oct. 24, 2013
Dr. Pete’s Student of the Day encourages high school students to shadow physicians
To encourage Oklahoma high school students to consider medical careers, Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine has launched a new physician shadowing program to pair students with practicing physicians. Dr. Pete’s Student of the Day offers students the opportunity to experience the medical profession by spending a day with a physician.
“Seeing a doctor treating patients and going through their daily routine helps high school students get a better understanding of what it would be like to be a physician,” said OSU Center for Health Sciences President Kayse Shrum, D.O. “With Oklahoma facing a severe shortage of primary care physicians, it is vital that we foster an interest in medicine in our state’s youth and begin to foster the next generation of Oklahoma doctors.”
Students will learn about the relationship between physicians and their patients and staff by observing their interactions and asking questions. The program provides students with useful information they can use when applying to medical school and help them identify mentors as they prepare to enter the medical profession. Participants will also receive a certification of completion and a free T-shirt.
Dr. Pete’s Student of the Day is a free program open to all Oklahoma high school students. Physicians who serve as OSU-COM adjunct professors are available to host high school students in their clinic or in a hospital setting. Students will be paired with family medicine physicians, unless a specific specialty is requested.
To sign up for Dr. Pete’s Student of the Day, contact Ashley Milton, special projects coordinator, at 918-561-8292 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine or to learn more about the path to becoming a physician, visit medicine.okstate.edu.