By John Ostapkovich

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — More than forty third-graders from the Wissahickon Charter School went to the doctor today, but it wasn’t an epidemic.  It was an educational visit to the Drexel College of Medicine.

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“So you see all of us are wearing short coats, right?” asks Dr. Nielufar Varjavand of the kids, before sitting around a table with them.

“You guys go to a doctors for kids, and that’s called a pediatrician,” she tells them.  “I’m a doctor for grown-ups, and that’s called an internist.”

Elissa Goldberg, who runs this medical school-charter school session, says its the sixth of the year.

“This is their last time visiting, where they’re hearing from doctors about their work as doctors,” she tells KYW Newsradio.

This visit, and the earlier ones, have served to make medicine more reachable, according to teacher Tim Dudinyak.

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“So it’s not just in a book.  They’re actually just getting to meet doctors, they’re getting to meet doctors-in-training.”

And maybe even make a career choice:

(Kid:)   “Doctor.  I mean, baseball player!”

Paging Doc Halladay!


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