College of Medicine Clinical Assistant Professors Radha Nandagopal, Chris Davis and Henry Mroch preside over a panel discussion about careers in medicine at Spokane's West Valley High School on April 25, 2016.

(Photo by Cori Medeiros)

At Spokane’s West Valley High School on Monday, students learned what it was like to be a doctor from Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine Clinical Assistant Professors Radha Nandagopal (left), MD, and Henry Mroch (right), MD. They also learned about doing research from Clinical Assistant Professor Chris Davis (center), PhD. And they asked questions about how to start the process of pursuing medical and research careers from Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion and Leadership Yvette Roubideaux, MD, MPH, and the rest of the panel.

Events like this are part of a growing partnership between the college and regional K-12 school districts to strengthen the pathways that guide young people into health sciences careers. Monday’s event was sponsored by the ESF COM and NorthEast Washington Educational Service District 101.

The panel discussion was not for recruiting students, since the college isn’t allowed yet to do that. But it was a chance for the professionals from the College of Medicine to share information about their work and offer general advice about careers in medicine and health. After the formal program, the doctors hung around for brief one-on-one and small group sessions.

The on-stage event was videotaped so it could be shared with other schools.