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Bronxville School Students Experience Careers in Medicine

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, dieticians 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 in order 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,” 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. The physicians that joined us brought interactive, exciting activities to give our students a hands-on look at their specialty. The evening was a huge success. We want to thank all of the medical professionals who took time out of their busy schedules to engage with the high school students and demonstrate the passion and joy of practicing 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, who performed a simulated arthroscopic surgery by snipping out pieces of the meniscus. “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.”

Bronxville High School senior Jeanne Chrisanthopoulos said that getting to experience the different medical fields and opportunities at the event helped steer her in the right direction. “I went to a cancer research lab, but the hands-on experience with surgery is more interesting than research,” she said. “This validated that for me.”

Dr. Susan Campanile, internal medicine physician at the New York-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital, organized the event and collaborated with Meyer to bring it to fruition. She said she wanted to bring 21st century learning to the school and provide doctors with a community service opportunity.

“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,” Dr. Campanile said.

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