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Tyler Mains, MERIT making a difference for Baltimore teens hoping to crack medical field

Tyler Mains, MERIT making a difference for Baltimore teens hoping to crack medical field

With a mother, grandmother and aunt having worked as nurses, a career in the medical field always intrigued Kahlid Fowlkes. But the 17-year-old Dunbar senior's interest was piqued in the seventh grade when he dissected a pig heart in biology class.

"I thought it was pretty cool how a pig heart related to a human heart," Fowlkes recalled, alluding to the four-chamber feature and right-artery blood supply in both organs. "So I wanted to learn more about the human anatomy."

Fowlkes has taken steps toward that path as a member of MERIT Baltimore. MERIT, which stands for Medical Education Resources Initiative for Teens, is a program offered to sophomores in city...

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