Student to Student is a community education program run by the medical students of Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. The program serves to communicate a wide range of health information to students throughout the Greater Dayton community at no expense to them or their schools. Medical students visit classrooms and talk with students about a variety of health topics of interest to various ages. There are currently 10 different topics to choose from, targeted to students ranging from preschool through 18 years old.
Our talks are geared toward "hands on" learning, using tools such as medical instruments, human bones, and organs from Wright State's medical labs. We have found that these tools profoundly enhance student interest and learning. Active participation is encouraged via the friendly question and answer format of our presentations.
Talks are presented upon invitation from classroom teachers and school administrators in schools within a 20-mile radius of Boonshoft School of Medicine, as shown on the map to the right. We are full-time medical students so talks can only be given as our schedules permit during the academic year, from late August to the beginning of May.
Please note: The last talk for the 2012-2013 academic year will be on May 17. To request a Student to Student presentation at your school, fill out our request form. Due to the popularity of the program, please submit the form well in advance to schedule the presentation and time of your choice.
Please remember that this is a volunteer program, and that all-day talks are not an option for medical students. We ask that you only request a talk during the the afternoon hours, between 12:30 and 5:30 p.m. Thank you!
For more information, send e-mail to Student to Student.
Student to Student talks include:
Puberty & Teen Pregnancy (Grades 4 - 12)
Medical students present a slide show and discussion focusing on male and female anatomy and physiology. For younger students, typically grades 4-7, puberty is the focus of the discussion. Older students, grades 7-12, may also hear frank and honest discussion about teen pregnancy, myths about sexual intercourse, birth control, and sexually transmitted diseases.
The Human Body (Grades K - 12)
Our most popular talk! General anatomy and physiology are discussed. We bring real human organs, bones, and X-rays. The talks are a lot of fun. Talks are modified to be age appropriate.
Kids 'n Docs (Grades Preschool - 2)
This program familiarizes young students with medical techniques, instruments, and personnel in order to decrease apprehension toward visiting the doctor. Medical instruments and human bones are used to facilitate understanding.
AIDS: The Facts and Fiction (Grades 3 - 12)
This talk is modified for student age groups, and works best for older students. Medical students present a slide show and discussion about current statistics, transmission, high risk behaviors, and prevention.
The Dangers of Drug and Alcohol Abuse (Grades 5-12)
This frank discussion and slide show focuses on the most commonly used and abused drugs in today's society as well as their effects of on the body, with particular emphasis placed on the effects of alcohol. Healthy and pathological human organs are compared to illustrate the deleterious effects of drug use and chronic alcohol use.
How 2 B an M.D. (Grades 9 - 12)
This "career talk" is tailored to the student age group and has been particularly effective with middle school and high school students. Medical students discuss topics ranging from requirements for application to medical school, college years, life as a medical student, and what it is like to be a doctor.
Nutrition (Grades 1- 8)
This is an interactive session about wellness and nutrition. After a presentation about basic facts about nutrition, students will split into small groups and rotate between stations in which they will learn about the food groups, how to pack a healthy lunch, and sugar content in foods and drinks.