Seeds of Change Partnership Provides Opportunities for Medical Students and Fifth Graders

A partnership between Clardy Elementary School and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Paul L. Foster School of Medicine provides amazing opportunities for students at both institutions.  Through weekly interactions, Clardy fifth grade students learn science from medical students who are members of the “Seeds of Change” service organization at the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine.  Medical students gain firsthand experience about the El Paso community from Clardy students, teachers, and administrators.

A highlight of this year-long interaction occurred on March 7, when the Clardy fifth graders visited the Paul. L. Foster School of Medicine.  During their visit, Clardy students participated in workshops, laboratories, and lectures given by medical school faculty and students. The fifth graders also learned about healthcare career opportunities, while getting a taste of medical school life.

“Clardy Elementary School Principal Leticia Foster has been very supportive of the mentoring program that was started last year by Paul L Foster SOM students,” said Herb Janssen, professor in the Department of Medical Education and faculty mentor for the Seeds of Change group.  “Continued collaboration between the Desert Mountain Area Health Education Center (which provided lunch for the students), Paul L Foster SOM faculty and Clardy Elementary School teachers and administration will ensure that this positive interaction between our medical students and Clardy fifth grades continues for years to come.”

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