Meharry Medical College Inspires the Next Generation of Physicians, Dentists and Scientists with MeharryNOW
Nashville, Tenn. (October 2016) -- More than 350 Meharry Medical College students, faculty and staff participated in MeharryNOW -- a day-long community initiative that aims to foster youth interest in the health sciences. The initiative consists of a two-part project: teaching science classes at Creswell Middle Prep School and Haynes Middle Health/Medical Science Design Center, and the building of a greenhouse at Haynes Middle Health/Medical Science Design Center.
By 2025, the United States is projected to have a shortage of 46,000 to 90,000 physicians, according to the American Association of Medical Colleges. In addition, minorities continue to be underrepresented throughout the healthcare industry and account for only about four percent of practicing physicians. Through MeharryNOW, the medical college hopes to reverse both of these trends by demonstrating to local youth the power of science and encouraging them to pursue a health-related career.
“I am especially grateful to Creswell and Haynes for being the first to welcome MeharryNOW, and allow us to bring our passion for the health sciences into their classrooms," said Meharry President Dr. James E.K. Hildreth. “Today, our nation faces an alarming shortage of not only primary care doctors, but minorities in all healthcare-related fields. With the help of our students, faculty and staff, we believe we can narrow this gap by introducing science and health careers at an early age.”
Meharrians were on-site at both middle schools assisting students with hands-on projects in dental exploration, clinical exploration, a healthy people challenge and a project relating to bodies and health.
“We are so excited for this partnership between Meharry and Creswell,” said Trellaney Lane, executive principal at Creswell. “It is so important for our students to see what their future can be. By exposing our students to the world of medicine, we are extending the possibilities for their future. We are proud to work with Meharry, a prestigious college that truly embraces community outreach and mentorship.”
Meharrians started building a greenhouse on the campus of Haynes Middle Health/Medical Science Design Center. The greenhouse, which was designed by the architectural firm Moody Nolan, will allow the students to conduct experiments related to botany, horticulture and technology in any weather conditions. Pinnacle Construction Partners, LLC, also provided general contracting services to support its construction.
“We are proud to partner with Meharry to create a greenhouse for the students at Haynes Middle Health/Medical Science Design Center,” said Brian Tibbs, partner at Moody Nolan. “The greenhouse will provide a unique learning environment for students and will give faculty the opportunity to teach new subjects, such as botany, first-hand. Students will be able to explore science in ways they've never before.”