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Our Doctors Are Bringing Tips for Healthy Living to Children in West Baltimore Through the Fifth Annual Mini-Med School for Kids

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

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 Dr. Wilbur Chen discussing vaccines with the campers.
 

More than 50 children between the ages of six and 16 will get a taste of medical school throughout July and August as the University of Maryland School of Medicine holds its fifth annual Mini-Med School for Kids at the Salvation Army's Franklin Square Boys & Girls Club summer camp in West Baltimore.

"Mini-Med School for Kids targets children from our underserved community in hopes of delivering key messages about important, and very relevant, health and lifestyle issues," explains Heather Graham Phelps, Manager of Public Relations in the School of Medicine's Office of Public Affairs. "It’s our intent to reach these kids while they are still young and healthy in order to instill valuable information about taking care of their bodies and making smarter health and lifestyle choices."

Classes kicked off on July 11, 2012 with Wilbur Chen, MD, assistant professor, Department of Medicine, discussing the importance of vaccines. The children at the camp asked astute questions about viruses, germs and how they can keep themselves and their older relatives healthy, impressing Dr. Chen with their curiosity.

Mini-Med School for Kids will continue each Wednesday morning until August 15. Additional topics are: Brain Power: Learning Better Focus and Concentration Skills (Niharika Khanna, MBBS, MD, DGO, associate professor, Department of Family & Community Medicine); Avoiding Bullying and Peer Pressure (Gloria Reeves, MD, assistant professor, Department of Psychiatry); Asthma, Allergies and the Breathmobile (Mary Beth Bollinger, DO, associate professor, Department of Pediatrics); and Smoking, Drugs, Alcohol Abuse & Other Addictions (Christopher Welsh, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry).

The final session will bring the campers to campus to experience a day at the School of Medicine. This will include a class on Healthy Movements to Music with Yvette Rooks, MD, assistant professor, Department of Family & Community Medicine. Then E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, Vice President of Medical Affairs at the University of Maryland, Baltimore and the John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor and Dean of the School of Medicine, will preside over graduation ceremonies.

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Caelie Haines
Manager, Public Affairs
(410) 706-7508
chaines@som.umaryland.edu

Contact Media Relations
Phone: (410) 328-8919

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