MedStart is an interdisciplinary child advocacy organization composed of students from the U-M schools of medicine and nursing.
Members of MedStart believe that children are often an underrepresented voice in their care. As future health professionals, we play an important role in advocating for their health and wellness. Through the many activities coordinated by our divisions, students gain firsthand exposure to the obstacles endured by children and families in need. In addition, these activities provide opportunities to combat those challenges by pooling resources and talents towards a common goal. Our five divisions include:
· MedBuddies: Form ongoing friendship and provide emotional support to hospitalized children and their families at Mott Children's Hospital.
· MedArt: Create art projects each month with the children and families at Mott Children's Hospital.
· Project H: Deliver care and health education to an underserved population at the Wayne County Family Shelter transitional home.
· MD for a Day: Help expose middle and high school students from surrounding communities to the fun of medicine.
· Child Advocacy Seminar Series: Coordinated seminar and service event series designed to engage University of Michigan students and inspire them to make a difference for children of the surrounding communities.