Changing the way they see the world

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These days, student doctors with hefty loans likely gravitate to high-paying specialties rather than primary care. Here’s an inspiring example of how Robert Wood Johnson Medical School encourages them to change that viewpoint. It is the Community-Oriented Primary Care Summer Program, “Changing the Way You See the World,” directed by Anna Looney.  In this interdisciplinary program, students come from medical schools, pharmacy, nursing, social work, and physician assistant programs. Looney says the program aims “to give them experience working with New Jersey’s underserved populations and hopefully light their fire to into primary care.”

As examples, the photo on the right shows a migrant farm in Hammonton where two students did health screenings with the workers. On the left, volunteering at Elijah’s Kitchen.

The closing celebration and poster session is today, Friday, July 18, 4 to 6 p.m. in the Great Hall at the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Piscataway.  Keynoter Deborah M. Spitalnik of the Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities will speak, and 20 interdisciplinary students from four institutions will present posters summarizing their community service projects (732-235-4200).

Today’s Google Doodle commemmorates the 96th birthday anniversary of Nelson Mandela, whose inspiring statements include  “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”

It is an apt coincidence.

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