Local high school students experience a day in the life of a doctor

 
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By Josh MacEachern, Communications & Marketing Coordinator at the Clark County Medical Society

Local high school students interested in a career in medicine got the opportunity to shadow a doctor for a day, courtesy of the Clark County Medical Society’s Youth MiniMED Internship program.

The program, which will took place October 1-11, helped students from local magnet, private, and public high schools who are interested in a career in medicine experience a half or full day “internship”, where they were able to follow a physician through appointments, surgeries, and more.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to encourage these students to pursue a career in medicine,” said Dr. Thomas Hunt, Secretary of the Clark County Medical Society (CCMS) and Chair of the department of Family Medicine at Roseman University. “Not only does the Clark County Medical Society help practicing physicians here in Southern Nevada, we also work very hard to help cultivate the next generation of doctors in our community, and then keep them here.”

This year over nearly 30 physician members of the Clark County Medical Society provided shadowing experiences for 75 high school students from around the valley, out of over 100 total applicants

“It’s a rewarding experience not only for the students, but for the physicians as well,” Hunt said. “We are inspired by these incredible young people who want to dedicate their lives to helping others.”

The program concluded with a Recognition Dinner on October 11 at Northwest Career and Technical Academy, sponsored by Touro University Nevada and the UNLV School of Medicine. At the dinner, students and physicians were encouraged to share their experiences and insight into the day-to-day inner workings of medical practices and hospitals.

“I’ve always been interested in pursuing a career working with children,” said Farah Mahmood, a student at Shadow Ridge High School after shadowing Dr. Joseph Adashek. “It was incredible to see exactly what it’s like to be an OB-GYN, and to get a better understanding.”

“This experience has shown me the love I have for becoming a doctor, and increased my anticipation for studying for a medical career,” said Olivia Grafmonk, a student at Northwest Career and Technical Academy who shadowed Dr. Larry Lehrner, a nephrologist. “I rounded with Dr. Lehrner and we met with each of his patients to review medical interventions, medications, and treatments.”

Local student Sebastian Sanchez-Cordero shadowed Dr. Elena Garcia, and found there was much more to the practice of medicine than charts and tests.

“One of the most important things Dr. Garcia taught me wasn’t medically related though,” Sanchez-Cordero said. “It was actually that you have to be human before being a doctor...you have to understand patients and make them feel welcomed and comfortable when they might be at their worst of times.”

Physicians interested in participating in next year’s internship should contact CCMS at communications@clarkcountymedical.org