Recently the Robert Brown History of Medicine Collection was visited by students from the Summer Component of UB’s Medical STEP (Science and Technology Entry Program) and their mentor, Zohra Hasham, a student at UB’s School of Dental Medicine. The Medical STEP Program at the University at Buffalo is designed to acquaint and academically prepare high school students for admission in one of many health-related professions (medicine, medical technology, nursing, dentistry, etc.). The six-week Summer Component allows students to continue exploring their career interests by working or conducting research at UB-affiliated hospitals or clinics four days a week and includes classroom instruction and college admissions preparatory sessions.
I was pleased to give the group a tour of the Collection including the stacks where the rare books are kept, the McGuire Medical Instrument Collection and other artifacts such as the Medical School mace and death masks. It was a delight to meet these engaged students and to emphasize to them the need to be familiar with the past in order to understand the present and the future. The students asked very insightful questions seemed to enjoy the time they spent in the Collection. Good luck in to them in their future careers!