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New Camp Gives Kids a Glimpse of Medical School

A summer camp in Fort Worth wrapped up its inaugural week, and what the Fort Worth Independent School District students accomplished is something good.

The 27 seventh and eighth graders from the Young Women’s Leadership Academy, Young Men’s Leadership Academy and J.P. Elder Middle School were the first to attend the first-ever Junior Medical School summer camp.

They graduated Friday after spending five days getting a glimpse of the medical field. They learned lessons about how to scrub their fingers and hands clean for the operating room, to dissecting an eye, and interacting with doctors.

“The students’ week at Junior Medical School is meant to simulate a traditional college experience, complete with acceptance letters, scrubs for each student to keep and a white coat ceremony," said Alli Haltom, a spokeswoman for the TCU and UNT Health Science Center School of Medicine, which hosted the camp.

"Our goal is to create an exciting environment that continues to inspire these students to pursue higher education and learn more about the fields of science and medicine," Haltom said.

The new School of Medicine will open in the fall of 2019.

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