Celebrating the 30th anniversary of being a ‘doctor for a day’

January 09, 2019

Medical student Hasan Naserdean shows Brooklyn Wrightbarber the parts of the human brain at the 2018 Reach Out to Youth event.

The Black Medical Association will present its 30th Reach Out to Youth Conference from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Wayne State University School of Medicine.

Reach Out to Youth is a free annual conference that invites children ages 7 to 11 to participate in interactive small-group sessions in anatomy, physiology and clinical medicine. “Hustle to Gain More Muscle” is the theme this year. The program targets urban youth to boost career motivation, self-esteem, and knowledge about science and medicine.

The conference was founded by physicians Carolyn King, M.D., a 1993 graduate of the WSU School of Medicine, and Don Tynes, M.D., a 1995 graduate, while both were medical students.

More than 150 Detroit students and 100 parents are expected to attend this year, with medical students and faculty members volunteering as tour guides, workshop leaders and presenters. Parents and children will each participate in a day of separate workshops.

Workshops are designed to motivate students and lead them to careers in the medical profession, as well as educate them on the science behind healthy living and eating. Parent workshops will focus on healthy lifestyles, building muscle, and obesity. Parents are not required to attend; however, it is strongly encouraged.

Interested parents can register their children at this link. For more information, email the Black Medical Association at or call 313-577-1598.