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Students’ Video Viral

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — There is a song about mucus membrane and other smelly, gooey things, and a week after three UNM first-year medical students put it online, it is mighty popular.

We’re talking 65,000-YouTube-hits popular. And counting.

The rap song, set to “Look at Me Now” – originally by Chris Brown, Busta Rhymes and Lil’ Wayne – has gone what they call “viral,” which is somewhat fitting for this group of future doctors.

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You can find the medical students’ video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLT9SBypzpw. To donate, go to www.eastcentralministries.org.

The students are Adi Mehta, 21, and Nick Villalobos and Umar Malik, both 23. They are trying to raise money for One Hope Centro De Vida Health Center, where they volunteer. They hope the more views their song gets, the more dollars the clinic makes.

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Also, that “people get a laugh out of it,” Villalobos said. “We wanted to do it because it’s a fun way to represent our class.”

The idea came about while the students, scheduled to finish medical school in 2015, were out to dinner.

While some of their peers were vacationing during spring break, the students spent their time at the Health Sciences Center recording audio and video. Within two weeks, the final product, featuring numerous other medical students exploring their artistic side, was ready to go.

It went live on March 22.

“I was like, I hope we get 5,000 hits. We’ve had almost 10,000 views per day,” Mehta said.

People from as far as South Africa have hailed it in the YouTube comments section, and, at school, the young men are getting more attention than usual.

Their popularity has also translated into several hundred dollars for One Hope.

Mehta, Villalobos and Malik began volunteering at the clinic last semester, helping to translate for patients who don’t speak English, conducting initial patient interviews and performing physical exams.

The clinic, 133 Virginia NE, serves uninsured, immigrant and low-income residents from the International District.

It also helps medical students learn outside the classroom.

“We get to practice the things we learn in medical school in an actual real setting,” Mehta said. “That’s another great advantage for us as first-year medical students – we also get to go out in the medical field and practice.”
— This article appeared on page D1 of the Albuquerque Journal


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