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Little Medical School offers interactive experiences that inspire future healthcare professionals

By Laura Lytle

All year long, kids are inspired to follow their passions while role playing as doctors, veterinarians, nurses and pharmacists at Little Medical School of Northeast Ohio.  Children ages 4 to 12 are engaged with entertaining, fun and hands-on activities that bring together medicine, science and the importance of health.

“We are excited to bring our fabulous program to northeast Ohio following our success in Columbus and over 35 other locations throughout the U.S.  I’m following my passion by bringing together what I enjoy most as a nurse and an entrepreneur.  By participating in these role-playing experiences, we are inspiring the healthcare professionals of tomorrow,” said LaShaun Perry, RN and director of Little Medical School of Northeast Ohio.

Through interactive learning at Little Medical School, students discover how the body and organs work, how to use medical instruments and administer first aid.  Kids get hands-on by creating a working lung, studying the heart, eyes and spine.  Soon-to-be big brothers and sisters can get early practice as young pediatricians and be well prepared to welcome a new sibling.

Additionally, kids interested in learning to care for pets can use instruments that real veterinarians use at Little Veterinarian School.  Students adopt a stuffed puppy then learn to care for it through active demonstrations, crafts and games.

Of course, a doctor wouldn’t be recognizable without their white medical coat (each child gets their own) and each student receives a working stethoscope and diploma after completing the course.

“With STEM concepts, kids are inspired to think critically and creatively about health, wellness and safety.  Kids especially love the role playing - listening to a heart or learning to take blood pressure. It is very rewarding to give them practical medical insight,” added Perry.

Little Medical School programs are created by board-certified and trained physicians and taught by nurses and healthcare professionals.  Classes are held at schools and community centers across northeast Ohio including Beachwood, Orange, Aurora, Willoughby, Macedonia, Hudson, Lakewood and Avon Lake.  New classes are being added weekly so be sure to check online for all programs offered.

“We are also seeking new collaborative opportunities with local schools to teach more children about careers in healthcare.  We also hope to add scholarship opportunities to make the program more affordable to everyone,” added Perry.

In addition to recently completed summer camps, Little Medical School offers fall, winter and spring classes that will be held one day a week for six weeks, as well as special birthday parties where children explore what is in a doctor (or veterinarian) bag as a fun introduction to healthcare.

Pre-K classes (3- to 5-year-olds) and school age classes are scheduled online at or call 330-800-9292 for more information.