‘Operation Orange’ inspire future doctors at OSU-COM.

Oklahoma State University for Health Sciences held “Operation Orange.” on March 2. This one-day mini medical camp targeted 9th–12th graders to spark their interest in medicine and other health fields.

The program at the Cherokee Nation campus of the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine gave students hands-on medical experience. They might visit campus stations to participate in activities displaying medical methods and procedures they could meet in their careers.

Dean of OSU-COM Cherokee Nation campus Natasha Bray stressed the significance of showing students the joy and potential of healthcare. They learned about medical school, physician assistants, sports training, physical therapy, and pharmacy during the event.

Intubation, ultrasounds, and vitals taking using stethoscopes and blood pressure cuffs were among the things students did. They also got to ask medical students about their high school-to-medical school path.

Second-year medical student Caleb Watson, a Cherokee Nation resident, described his path to medical school, a highlight of the program. Watson’s experience inspired students to pursue medical careers regardless of their origins.

As a small town native without many medical role models, Watson found it important to connect to students and share his experiences. He wants to inspire pupils, especially rural ones, to become doctors. Sallisaw High School 9th student and Cherokee Nation member Addison Legg was excited about the event since it allowed her to pursue her medical interest.

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Its 15-year history shows how “Operation Orange” inspires future doctors. Dean Bray said that the event fosters creativity and inspires students to serve and improve healthcare in their communities.

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