Local doctors and surgeons host event to guide students on path to becoming a doctor

Local doctors and surgeons host event to guide students on path to becoming a doctor

They started at the bottom, and now they are doing what they can to help high school students become professionals in healthcare just as they did.

Columbia Basin Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons in Kennewick hosted it’s second “Academic Advantage Night” in Kennewick Wednesday to meet with young minds wishing to go all the way.

Chiawana High School junior Luis Reyes wants to become a dentist saying the event helped him plan for the future.

“Just having older people who have been through all of this,” said Reyes, “just knowing the relief that scores are not going to be everything and it’s kind of just whoever works the hardest,” he said.

“It doesn’t mean you have to be a genius, it doesn’t mean you have to be absolutely brilliant, it just means you have to stick with it,” said Dr. Tyson Teeples with CBOMS. “We were once in their shoes, it makes me feel good to be able to give back a little bit.”

The event had about 50 high school kids in attendance.

Dr. Teeples said he hopes to have an event like this every six months to answer any questions students have and guide them on the pathway to becoming a doctor.