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Putting medical skills to the test inside school walls, Abbs Valley-Boissevain Elementary

BLUEFIELD COLLEGE, VA (WVVA)- It's year three of a partnership between Bluefield College and the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) in Blacksburg, VA., with it's Master of Arts in Biomedical Sciences (MABS) degree, a one year Master's program helping students launch into a medical school or healthcare program.

Per Bluefield College press release:

"Graduates of the program who meet academic and other performance benchmarks will be guaranteed admission into VCOM’s Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) program. The one-year MABS degree – Bluefield’s fourth new master’s program in just three years – is designed primarily to enhance the opportunity for pre-medical students from southwest Virginia and the southern Appalachian states to gain acceptance into a medical school or other professional healthcare education programs."

Students enrolled in the Master's program are putting their medical skills to the test through hands-on community service projects across the Two Virginias, including at Abbs Valley- Boissevain Elementary School.

The future physicians used teaching modules with the elementary students, discussing illness prevention, healthy diets and basic job skills they can carry into adulthood, including how to properly wash their hands and eat a balanced diet.

Five-year-old Haley attends Abbs Valley and her favorite part of the presentation was the importance of eating more fruits.

"Strawberries," Haley said.

"These [tips] help the kids build healthier habits [now] before later in life," said student Evan Bischoff.

"We're also teaching kids about [the importance] of career readiness," said student Louisa Gamor. "We want to get [kids talking] about what they want to do with their future and how they want to help the world by making a difference."

For more information about the program contact Emily Lambert (BC), Associate Professor of Biology; Department Chair, Biology and Biomedical Sciences Program at or phone at (276)-326-4292.

Jennifer Roberts

Multimedia Journalist

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