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Girls in STEM | Doc Opera takes center stage for Case Western Medical students

Case Western students participate in an annual event to benefit community medical services.

Making it through grueling undergraduate coursework for a degree in Psychology wasn't enough for this week's WKYC STEMbassador Kayla Hicks. It was while studying at University of Kentucky she found surgery was her calling.

So Hicks changed directions and expects to graduate with her M.D. in 2021 from Cleveland's Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, on of the top 20 medical schools in the country.

The studying is intense, the training is long, but in about 8 more years Hicks hopes to be a practicing Pediatric Heart Surgeon.

One would think that being in medical school would be all consuming, but many of the students find they have the opportunity to use their education give back to the community around them.

Enter Circle Health Services (formerly the Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland) and the Student Run Health Clinic which provide high quality health care to underserved populations around Cleveland.

As you can imagine, there is great need in the community and these students work hard to not only provide the services, but financially support the effort.

This will be the 34th year for Doc Opera, is an annual variety show written by, directed by, and starring students from various CWRU graduate programs, including many students from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. The evening also includes a silent auction, with donations from local businesses.

The event has become very popular over the years, with more than 1000 guests attending shows and raising thousands of dollars. Last year brought in $13,000 and this year the goal is to reach $20,000.

Hicks is the financial director for Doc Opera. She is also President of the Holden Surgical Society, President of the CWRUSOM First Generation Medical Students and President of Greatest Gift, Inc at CWRUSOM.

STEMbassadors, a part of our multi-year, multi-platform initiative called Growing Curiosity| Girls in STEM, is a weekly segment featured Friday at 7PM on WKYC.that highlights women and girls doing great things in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).