BRONXVILLE, N.Y. -- The Bronxville School hosted more than 30 doctors from all specialties of the New York-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital on May 23 to expose students to a variety of careers in the medical field through a number of hands-on activities.
The Careers in Medicine event, which brought together more than 170 students from the Bronxville School and neighboring districts, provided students with an opportunity to speak with doctors, nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists, dietitians and physician assistants.
Doctors taught students how to perform CPR, skin suturing and venipuncture and how to intubate a patient with anesthesia. They also practiced laparoscopic surgery as if they were doing it on a real patient and performed simulated arthroscopic surgery to take out a piece of bone from the knee.
“We were thrilled to host this event and be able to expose our students, along with students from other local schools, to the exciting fields within medicine,” Bronxville High School Principal Ann Meyer said. “Many of our students express interest in becoming a doctor, but few have had the opportunity to explore the range of options that exist in the medical field."
Bronxville High School sophomore Hadley Barr, whose grandfather was a spinal orthopedic surgeon and inspired her interest in the medical field, said she enjoyed the hands-on experience.
“That was really cool for me to do,” said Barr. “I’ve never been able to interact with anything before that’s this close to being in a hospital. I think that when you start to do and see things for yourself, then you get to learn about them and get more of an experience. You get to see what it’s actually like, and that can either drive you to do more of it or take you away from it.”
Dr. Susan Campanile, internal medicine physician at the New York- Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital, organized the event: “As a community, we have the responsibility to teach the students or to at least expose the students to medicine, so that those who are interested in medicine can have some type of one-on-one conversation."