On Saturday, November 2, a group of 20 HST students headed to the Boston Children’s Museum to volunteer their time at Physiology PhUn Day, an event organized by the American Physiology Society and designed to get young children excited about medicine and science. Since 2010, students in the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology (HST) program have helped make the event a success.
HST students manned booths about bones, joints, lungs, hearts, and the medical devices used to examine them. At a hand washing booth, children rubbed a gel that glows under black light on their hands, raced to the bathroom to try to scrub it off, then came back to see how they’d done. “It was very eye-opening for both kids and parents,” says Elisa Walsh, a second year HST medical student who is interested in pursuing pediatrics as a specialty.
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