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Students play doctor for a day in teddy bear clinic

Elementary students with the El Paso Independent School District attended a teddy bear clinic where they got the chance to learn more about the healthcare industry.

Students got the opportunity to be doctors for a day with some cute and cuddly patients.

Fifth-graders from 22 schools in the El Paso Independent School District got a glimpse of what it’s like to be a health care provider by taking care of teddy bears.

The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Teddy Bear Clinic is designed to spark interest in health care careers at a young age.

More than 1,300 elementary students participated in the clinic at Maxine Silva Health Magnet High School.

A Texas Tech professor spoke to the students about the health care field before taking their teddy bears through a variety of medical booths, including nursing and vital signs, physician’s, radiology and counseling stations.

The highlight of the clinic was a walk-through brain exhibit, a giant 18- by 14-foot long inflatable brain that gave students an opportunity to learn about brain structures and functions.

"We try to plant a seed in these students at an early age so that they can eventually enter the health care field," says Daniel Camacho, director of the TTUHSC El Paso Area Health Education Center and event organizer. "There is a real health care provider shortage in El Paso and the surrounding region, and with this event, we hope to interest more of our talented youth in choosing a health care career."

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