Eromon Ewohime and Jacob Osifeso, high school students from Union High School, didn’t expect to spend part of their Tuesday morning learning how to break an amniotic sac.
As part of a mini-summit held Tuesday at Union High School to encourage more minority students to consider careers in medicine, Ewohime and 50 other high school students from across Oklahoma spent the morning at do hands-on activities to reinforce the skills used by healthcare professionals.
In addition to performing CPR on mannequins, putting on personal protective equipment as quickly as possible, and channeling MacGyver to do casts from cardboard boxes and bubble wrap, one station used polystyrene cups, orange juice, oranges and Ziploc bags to teach students how to break safely. the amniotic sac of a pregnant woman without injuring the fetus.
“I didn’t expect to do something like this,” Ewohime said. “I didn’t think I was going to come close to giving birth, but it was the first activity I ended up going to. It was still cool.”
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The host of the event, Black Men in White Coats, is an organization that strives to diversify the medical field by providing mentorship opportunities and introducing students to potential career opportunities.
According to a 2018 study published by the Association of American Medical Colleges, 5% of all practicing physicians nationwide identify as black, 5.8% identify as Hispanic, 17.1% identify as Asian, 0.3% identify as Native American or Alaska Native and 0.1% self-identify. as a native Hawaiian or a Pacific Islander.
Both Ewohine and Osifeso have family members in nursing who encouraged them to consider medicine. Neither is sure which specific area of medicine they would like to pursue, but said they were intrigued by the possibilities.
“My mom is a nurse practitioner,” Osifeso said. “She keeps telling me to go to medical school. I sometimes look at the papers she has to do and it looks fun.
In addition to hands-on activities, attendees also had the opportunity to network with local undergraduate students, medical students, and healthcare providers.
“It energizes me more than anything—the potential of this room,” said senior lecturer and assistant dean of student affairs at the University of Oklahoma-University of Tulsa School of Community Medicine, Dr. Jabraan Pasha. “It’s potential energy. I see the possibilities in this room. We need all of you. There aren’t enough of us in medicine, and the sad truth is that lives are being lost — literally — because there aren’t enough of us in medicine.
“I’m not saying that to pressure you. I say this to give you a little more motivation, as if you didn’t already have enough.