Linking Middle School Students with Stanford Role Models
We link local middle school students with Stanford students and health care professionals. Our goal is to expose students to college and future careers, and make them feel like they belong in higher education.
During one of our college field trips, Latino students in 6 th, 7th and 8th grade spent a day at Stanford’s School of Medicine. After taking the train, they interacted with a panel of Stanford Latino medical, postdoctoral and undergraduate students. They learned that the students were from families like theirs, the importance of taking challenging high school classes and working hard, about opportunities for financial aid, and how to tap into resources to make college a success.
Practicing Emergency Medicine
Next was a hands-on workshop in emergency medicine, led by a family medicine physician and physician’s assistant. Students were assigned the role of a victim, responder, or educator. They learned how to conduct an initial assessment of a trauma injury (fall during a basketball practice), communicate with a 911 operator, apply sterile bandages and pressure to a cut (illustrated by props including a plastic tomato, knife, and fake blood) and how to use an EpiPen (epinephrine injection) to respond to a life- threatening allergic reaction caused by a bee sting.
Personalized Campus Tours
The field trip concluded with “demystifying college” – a tour of Stanford campus showing the diversity of students, engagement of professors, and art exhibits.
Effects on Students, Teachers, and Health Professionals
“I learned that you can go to Stanford even if you are poor but have good grades and test scores. And they will even pay for you if you don’t have any money!”
“Thank you for teaching us how to tell if someone is hurt. I know to ask them if they can say their name and open their eyes. Then when you call 911 you stay on the phone so the operator can tell you how to help the person.”
“I had never talked to a real doctor before and I want to become one! Thank you for showing me how to clean a bad cut, press on the skin with the gauze to stop the bleeding, and put on a bandaid. My mom will be amazed.”
“I learned that it is better for getting into college if you take a hard class in high school like honors chemistry and get a B than if you take an easy class and get an A.”
“Thank you for your time and inspiration. Our students were inspired and really enjoyed the hands on activities. Sometimes you may not see it, but you are making a difference in someone’s life.”
“The students’ words exemplified that determination has the power to help each individual reach their potential; it was a beautiful thing to see all that potential in the room. “
College bound middle school students, many who have never visited a college campus, interact with Latino college role models, learn about college challenges and resources, and participate in hands-on workshops in emergency medicine directed by Stanford physicians and allied health professionals.