Prying Open Health Fields for the Deaf

The “patient” complained of cold hands, muscle cramps and forgetfulness. He was feeling kind of puffy and lethargic.

The dozen or so “doctors” fired off questions: Was he eating? Sleeping well? Did he have pain? They researched his symptoms and determined he had an underactive thyroid gland.

This is what it’s like to be a doctor — a new idea to many of the deaf high school students from around the country at Explore Your Future. About 100 students are enrolled in sessions this week and next at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology.

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