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“UF COM Office of Diversity and Health partner with F.O.C.U.S. Summer Program to Heighten Awareness of Medicine as a Career.”

Contact: Albert Robinson III, M.D.
Asistant Dean, ODHE
Phone: 352-273-6656
Email: arobinson@anest.ufl.edu

University of Florida College of Medicine offers kid-friendly insight on being medical doctors and nurses.

Gainesville, Florida – The University of Florida College of Medicine Office of Diversity and Health Equity (ODHE) will host the Medical Professional Career Outreach Program for the students of the Fostering Opportunities & Cultivating Upstanding Students (F.O.C.U.S.) Summer Program for K-12 students in East Gainesville on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 from 8:30am -12:00 noon at Showers of Blessing Harvest Center Inc. located at 2615 SE 15th St Gainesville, FL 32641

The F.O.C.U.S. Summer Program is a 5-week academic enrichment program that provides a reading, writing, science, technology, engineering, art, and math curriculum for elementary through high school students. Additionally, students participate in mentoring, tutoring, financial literacy, character building, etiquette, social media awareness, organizational skills, health and nutrition, global issues and sustainability awareness.    The medical outreach session is a fun and interactive event for the students as they are exposed to medical careers that they may not otherwise have been exposed.  The students participate in a variety of hands-on projects (i.e. airway management and intubating mannequins), demonstrations (medical virtual reality experiences), and activities (i.e. role playing as doctors) while learning more about being doctors and nurses.  Furthermore, the children will participate in educational sessions led by medical students highlighting anatomy, nutrition, germs and the importance of hand hygiene, and cardiology.

“We want to impact and empower our children to look forward to a bright future.  Our mission is to engage K-12 students in exploring the field of medicine and encourage healthy living – eating fruits and vegetables and exercising –at an early age.   The children are at the center of all of our innovation and compassion for this community outreach program”, said Albert R. Robinson III, M.D., Assistant Dean of the ODHE and Associate Professor of Anesthesiology.   “This is a community service activity that heightens awareness of medicine as a career and the aspiration and the mission – to make life better for children – is what drives us.”  

The volunteers comprised a diverse team of more than 30 UF Health (formerly UF&Shands) physicians and nurses and UF COM medical students.  Dr. Robinson acknowledges that the importance of having such diversity is instrumental in teaching the young students as the physicians, nurses, and medical students serve as wonderful role models while making lessons fun for the children.

Dr. & Mrs. Albert R. Robinson III, graciously donated funds for the event and will provide lunch for the participants in partnership with Gator Domino’s Pizza.  In addition, UF Health, UF College of Medicine, UF Department of Anesthesiology, Center for Safety, Simulation, and Advance Learning Technologies, and Virtual Experiences Research Group at The University of Florida will provide medical training equipment/models for the educational sessions and give-aways for the children. 

About The University of Florida College of Medicine Office of Diversity and Health Equity (ODHE)

The Office of Diversity and Health Equity has a multi-mission focus including broadening diversity by remaining committed to ensuring access to medical education and medicine-related careers for individuals from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups: African-American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native American (American Indians, Alaskan Natives, Native Hawaiians) and from demographically diverse backgrounds.  To learn more about the University of Florida College of Medicine Office of Diversity and Health Equity (ODHE), please visit our Web site at http://odhe.med.ufl.edu/.

About Fostering Opportunities & Cultivating Upstanding Students (F.O.C.U.S.) Summer Program

The F.O.C.U.S. program, hosted by Showers of Blessings Harvest Center Inc., is housed under an educational federally tax-exempt, section 501(c)(3) organization called Southeast Educational Enterprise Kingdom (SEEK) Community Center Inc..  To learn more about F.O.C.U.S  Summer Program, please visit our website at http://showersofblessings.org/Focus.html.