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Future doctors and nurses get hands on experience

Zoe Greszler • Feb 19, 2017 at 8:00 PM

While some might squirm at the thought of learning how to properly suture a wound, about 75 local students jumped at the opportunity Thursday that also taught them about numerous fields and techniques in the health profession. 

The hands-on, day-long lab and information session at Fisher-Titus Medical Center was known as HP2B, standing for health professionals to be, as part of a partnership with the University of Toledo and Sandusky Area Health Education Center (SAHEC)

HP2B reviewed a “Discovery of Health Careers Resources and Interest” survey, talked about the health care professions shortage and ignited some interest on how they can commit to a program, helping students answer: Do I really want to be a doctor? Nurse? Pediatrician?; and What type of medical profession do I really want to pursue?

The students were invited Thursday to explore the field of epidemiology and Narcan use with Huron County Public Health epidemiologist Sydney Cmar; learn about a live-action “SimMan” and learn to perform CPR on him; and participate in a surgical suite where students learn to close wounds with surgical sutures, staples and glue.

“It was awesome,” Norwalk High School junior Sarah Nutter said. “I liked suturing the pig’s foot. I liked how it was hands-on and I got to suture. That was so cool.”

“It was really, really neat,” Annie Nuhiler, an NHS junior added. “It was really cool to get to suture because now I know that I’m going to be able to do and enjoy what I’ll be doing (in my career choice). I’d like to go into pediatric surgery.”

Nutter said she hopes to become an anesthesiologist “but it’s open to change,” which was why she enjoyed being able to dabble in other options at HP2B.

“I really liked the idea of talking to actual medical doctors and students and being able to see first hand what it would be like — to see if this is something that I’ll actually love,” she said. “I shadowed actually here at Fisher-Titus over the summer and I really liked it. I kind of wanted a more hands on approach to see if I could actually do it, and I really liked it.”

“Today we’re talking about tools of the trade,” said Eileen Borchardt, executive director of SAHEC. “So a good way to talk about careers in surgery (for example) is to have them do it.”

Students also were given the opportunity to talk one-on-one with a health professional at the end of the day — an opportunity to get more information and ask any lingering questions they have about the field or schooling. 

About 75 students from Norwalk, St. Paul, Willard, Crestview, Plymouth, New London, Western Reserve and Margeretta high schools picked by their guidance councilors were on hand to participate. Requirements for the high school juniors and seniors selected included an exceptional interest in entering the medical field and maintaining a GPA of 3.5 or better. 

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