Students Host Teddy Bear Clinic, Practice Pediatric Skills During Trick-Or-Treat Event and More

Published October 31, 2023

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Dr. Abraham Hardee Recognized with Medical Society of Virginia Foundation’s Salute to Service Awards

Dr. Abraham Hardy III

Congratulations to VCOM-Virginia’s Abraham Hardee III, DO, PhD, who was recently celebrated for his exceptional “Service to the Uninsured and Underserved” at the 20th annual Salute to Service Awards, sponsored by the Medical Society of Virginia Foundation. 

The purpose of the awards is to recognize extraordinary individuals who dedicate themselves to lifting their communities and creating a positive impact on the world. Dr. Hardee has been involved with multiple medical and community-based organizations including the Community Health Center of the NRV, Medical Society of Virginia's board of directors, Medical Reserve Corps, Health Equality Collaborative of Virginia, the NAACP and Gold Humanism Honor Society's faculty advisory. He has also participated in many domestic and international health brigades and natural disaster relief and is a frequent guest speaker on topics related to medicine, diversity, motivation, spirituality and education. Watch the video celebrating Dr. Hardee’s achievements.

Teddy Bear Clinic Makes Learning About Health Fun for Children

Children and families in the Detroit, Michigan, area had the opportunity to learn about health and wellness at the Teddy Bear Clinic, hosted by Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM) students at the Detroit Public Library Campbell Branch. The family event, designed for children and their teddies, as well as parents and caregivers, helps children overcome the fear of going to the doctor while in a fun, safe environment that encourages healthy habits. 

Normally held in elementary school classrooms, the college’s medical students found an alternative for this Teddy Bear Clinic since school was out of session during the summer.

“We kind of shifted our focus from schools to reaching out to libraries,” said Shravya Chanamolu, OMS II, who helped organize the event. “A lot of us spent a lot of our summers at libraries, so we thought it would be a good place to reach our target audience of younger kids.” Read more about the clinic and activities that students led.

CHSU-COM Students Inspire More than 600 Students at HEaL Conference 2023

group shot of student doctors in auditorium

California Health Sciences University College of Osteopathic Medicine (CHSU-COM) medical students in three student organizations participated in the Health Education and Leadership (HEaL) Conference 2023 held at Caruthers High School. The HEaL Conference is an annual event hosted by the University of California San Francisco Doctors Academy to expose more than 600 middle school and high school students and their parents from rural communities to various health careers and Central Valley organizations. Read more about the conference and the different groups that gave presentations.

Medical Trick-or-Treat Helps Student Doctors Practice Clinical Skills

Group shot of student doctors with Halloween costumes

Photo: ICOM's Pediatric Interest Group.

It’s no secret that pediatric care comes with unique nuances. Performing common examinations on pint-sized patients, such as listening to the heart and lungs, can be a challenge. The Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM)’s “Medical Trick-or-Treat” event provided treats to children volunteering as pediatric patients while teaching student physicians some tricks in performing exams.

“As the professionals whose purpose is to advance the well-being of children, pediatricians must be advocates for the individual child and for all children, irrespective of culture, religion, gender, sexual orientation, race or ethnicity or of local, state or national boundaries,” said Suzanne Rogers, DO, assistant professor of pediatrics at ICOM. “Helping our medical students experience practicing their examination skills is an essential part of the pediatrics experience. As we always say, ‘Children are not little adults!’” Learn more about the event and watch a video recap.

VCOM-Carolinas Hosts Annual Fall Open House

Medical student with SGA shirt welcomes other students

The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine Carolinas Campus (VCOM-Carolinas) hosted its annual Fall Open House on Friday, October 20, 2023. At VCOM-Carolinas’ Open House events, potential future medical students have the opportunity to learn about our innovative and integrated curriculum, the osteopathic profession, see osteopathic manipulative medicine in practice and meet and talk with current students and faculty. View more photos on VCOM-Carolinas’ Facebook.