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Young patients are ‘Doctors for a Day’

Published:   |   Updated: March 29, 2013 at 07:34 AM

When you’re a child in the hospital, even a stethoscope can be scary.

Relieving that fear is the reason behind the annual “Doctors for a Day” program at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital in Tampa.

Now in its ninth year, the program reverses roles: Children wear the white coats and perform “tests” on doctors and nurses, treating pretend illnesses and broken bones.

The idea is to make child patients more relaxed by taking the mystery out of hospital procedures, and maybe give medical workers an idea what it’s like to be a patient.

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