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Students interested in medical field get to experience ‘mini-med school’

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DENVER -- Ever wish you could travel a decade into the future and see what your live was going to be like? Some local high school students got that opportunity this weekend.

On Saturday, Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center opened its campus, turning it into a mini-medical school where high school students got up close and personal with science and the world of medicine.

“The kids love it. They love that it’s not just sitting in a classroom listening to material. It’s being in the environment, being in the room,” said Rev. Michael Guthrie, coordinator of the mini-med school.

The one-of-a-kind learning experience is designed for 14- to 18 year-old students who have an interest in entering the medical profession.

“I’m looking to become a neurosurgeon,” said Sreenivas Eadara, a high school freshman who attended the event.

Students learned everything from how to perform CPR to creating a cast and conducting an ultrasound. It’s an intense form of job shadowing where you don’t just watch the experts at work, you get to try it yourself.

“What was really eye-opening was the scanning part. I got to look at different organs and it was really interesting,” one student said.

“I didn’t realize how much went into it. It’s hard work and the emotional effects are crazy,” added another.

The program has grown so popular that St. Luke’s has to turn students away. But it’s now held twice a year to accommodate that demand.

 

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