University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine students transformed Southside High School into a mini-medical school for a day. It was the first time this had ever happened. The event was billed Mini D.O. Day; D.O. stands for Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine. They are professional physicians whose philosophy for patient treatment focuses on the mind, body, and the soul. About 100 Southside students participated in workshops with 26 student doctors in:
Emergency Medicine – CPR demonstrations
Women’s Health – hygiene & mental health
Surgery – suturing/tying knots
Art in Medicine – mental health expression & reflection
Osteopathic Medicine – principles and basic technique education
Student National Medical Association – physical exam intro.
Southside students say they found the event to be profoundly meaningful. Many Southside said afterward that as a result of this event, they are planning on becoming physicians. The Southside ISD and the UIW medical school entered into a formal partnership in 2017. Medical students say they’re planning on returning to Southside High School next year with more medical sections that will benefit our high school students.
Southside High School students came from the Health Careers programs section under the direction of Career and Technical Education Coordinator Ms. Lynn Hernandez. Ms. Hernandez says Southside’s health careers program is preparing high school students to receive industry certifications to prepare and advance them in education and in the workforce. Southside High’s health careers program is one of the largest in San Antonio with about 400 students enrolled in the program.