Doctors Ought to Care (DOC) members from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health can present information on almost any health-related topic. Listed below are several topics we feel may be of particular interest to your students.

Topic 1 - body systems

Geared toward a science classroom setting. Doctors Ought to Care members present a thorough review of body systems (respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, etc.) Using a wide range of models, actual human organs and a variety of visual aids, DOC speakers are able to design talks to the class level. Used in conjunction with the classroom science unit, the body systems talk can provide a unique opportunity for a hands-on learning experience not often available to the K-12 student.

Topic 2 - healthy lifestyles

Today's children are bombarded with conflicting messages about their health and bodies. DOC members can alleviate some of the confusion and stress by providing up-to-date information about many issues facing young people: nutrition, weight issues, body image, exercise, heart disease and cancer prevention, sun safety and stress management. Teachers can select any or all of these "healthy lifestyle" topics.

Topic 3 - health and body image

Young people today are haunted by media images of the "perfect body" that bear no relation to the person they see in the mirror each morning. Often, adolescents sacrifice their health and well-being to achieve this impossible image, permanently injuring their relationship with food and their own bodies during a crucial period of physical and emotional growth. Considering body image, health, and nutrition, Doctors Ought to Care speakers will help students define a healthy body and offer guidelines to maintain healthy bodies and attitudes. Eating disorders will be addressed.

Topic 4 - sexual responsibility

Because young people absorb much of their information about sexuality from popular music, television, movies, advertising and peers, it is important that they gain a balance of information from well-informed people with whom they can relate. DOC medical students can present information about reproductive anatomy and physiology, body changes during adolescence, sexual decision making, and pregnancy prevention. On request, they will discuss the issues of sexual violence, boundaries, consent and ways to prevent becoming a victim or perpetrator of sexual violence.

Topic 5 - AIDS and other STDs

Intertwined with sexuality issues are those of sexually-transmitted diseases. If not understood, these can lead to improper protection of adolescents. Doctors Ought to Care speakers attempt to address the basic information about AIDS and other sexually-transmitted diseases and help young people learn about methods of protection.

Topic 6 - smoking and tobacco use

Tobacco companies are the nation's largest advertisers. Many of their ads target a young audience - potential replacements for the 434,000 smokers who die each year. Through the tobacco companies sponsorship of sporting events and billion dollar ads featuring healthy athletes, young people get a false impression of smoking that is difficult for educators to counteract. DOC presenters explain the trap that tobacco companies are setting and show the effects of smoking on internal organs. Actual diseased lungs and/or hearts are used in this effective presentation.

Topic 7 - alcohol and other drug abuse

Today's young people constantly hear the "just say no" message, but Doctors Ought to Care members have found that nothing enhances this message like a good look at an actual cirrhotic liver and diseased heart and blood vessels! DOC presenters review drug classifications, drug effects, symptoms of addiction and abuse and give information on where to get help.

Topic 8 - medical school/medical profession information session

Enthusiastic medical students will come to your classroom or event and talk about topics such as:

  • What it's like to be in medical school
  • The medical school application process
  • How they are paying for it
  • What they did to prepare (undergraduate classes, the medical school application process, etc.)
  • The differences between traditional and non-traditional students
  • Other health professions besides becoming a doctor

They will be happy to answer any questions students have about this topic and there will likely be a question and answer session.