Inspiring the Future of Medicine

This past spring, the Office of Community Service Programs (OCSP) was thrilled to connect P.S. 173 with the Black and Latino Student Organization (BALSO). The Black and Latino Students Organization’s Young Doctors Program is committed to supporting students from backgrounds historically underrepresented in medicine through outreach, education, and mentorship.

BALSO, a student organization of the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, visited P.S. 173 through their Young Docs Program this spring. BALSO’s Young Docs has served the Washington Heights, Inwood, and Harlem communities for over nine years to expose youth to the health sciences and encourage an interest in medicine.

Seventy-two Pre-k students participated in a number of interactive, engaging, and fun activities with students from the medical school that focused on the digestive and the skeletal system.

Learn more about the organization and Young Docs from Victor & Emily co-chairs of BALSO:

“It’s truly a privilege to serve as role models for younger students. We hope to inspire the next generation to become leaders in their community, within healthcare, and beyond.”

More information on BALSO may be found here. If you or your organization is interested in learning more about community related programs and events, please reach out to the Office of Community Service Programs at