By Curt Yeomans
Kim Bostic used to worry about the fate of the baby dolls she was buying for her daughter, Kamilah, when the youth was 8. Kamilah Bostic was taking the dolls apart and putting them back together, and at first, her mother did not understand why.
Her daughter's interest in television medical dramas provided the missing link. Kamilah Bostic wanted to be a doctor, and her baby dolls had become her first "patients."
"As she got older, I didn't want to buy her a baby doll because I felt sorry for the doll - even though she'd put it back together," Kim Bostic said. "I didn't know this was instilled in her at first. By the time she was in fourth-grade, I noticed she had started to watch a lot of medical shows on TV and she would always have her dolls with her. That's when I knew she had that interest in medicine."
Kamilah Bostic, 14, who is set to start her sophomore year at Jonesboro High School in the fall, will participate in the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine's program in Atlanta next month.
During the 10-day forum, July 19-28, she will get to learn about several issues related to the medical profession, such as life as a medical resident at a hospital, legal issues facing the medical profession, global epidemics and cures for life-threatening diseases, according to the forum's web site.
"I'm looking forward to just seeing how they do stuff - like how they operate, what medicines they use, what they have to wear and buy, and stuff like that," Kamilah Bostic said.
Kamilah Bostic said she submitted her name and information for the forum during a college fair at the Georgia International Convention Center in February, and found out a month later she had been accepted as a participant. She said there was "lots of screaming and jumping in the air" when she found out she had been accepted into the program.
"I was happy because I knew I was going to learn more about the medical profession," Kamilah Bostic said.
She said her goal is to study medicine in college, and some day become a pediatrician. "Ever since I was in fourth-grade, I've wanted to be a pediatrician because I like working with kids," she said. She said she volunteers to read books to children at Southern Regional Medical Center, and volunteers to help coach soccer for 4- and 5-year-olds in Lovejoy during the summer months.
She said her goal is to study medicine at either Emory University or Georgetown University after high school. Kim Bostic said she has confidence that her daughter will be able to achieve her dreams of being a doctor because of her interest in the profession.
Kim Bostic said her older son, Joseph, showed a strong interest in electricity at about the same age her daughter started showing an interest in medicine. Joseph Bostic is now an electrical engineer, his mother said.
"I always tell my children, 'You can create your own corner, no matter how big or small it is, and do well,'" Kim Bostic said.
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National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine: http://www.nylf.org/med/