Meridian Press - West Ada middle schoolers try out medical school for a day

Last week a handful of West Ada students got to experience medical school for a day.

On Dec. 12, 60 Meridian and Lake Hazel middle school students visited the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine, or ICOM.

“We love having them come to our campus and sharing what osteopathic medicine is,” said Stephanie Dillon, spokeswoman for ICOM.

The osteopathic approach to medicine emphasizes holistic care and preventative treatment.

The students also watched a demonstration with the school’s high fidelity simulation mannequins, which Dillon referred to as “essentially robots.” ICOM students use the mannequins in clinical simulations scenarios, where students have to diagnosis or interact with the mannequins, said Dillon. 

At the end of the tour staff asked the students “Who wants to be a doctor,” and about half raised their hands, she said.

“It’s really great to see this generation of students passionate about serving others,” said Dillon. “It reminds us why we’re here.”