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In partnership with the UW Medicine Health Sciences High School Access program and Highline High School’s Career Exploration Day, Valley Medical Center staff introduced Highline High School sophomores to a range of healthcare careers on February 13. Students experienced a variety of presentations, tours and demonstrations, including:

  • A mock appendectomy, complete with a student patient and gummy worm “appendix” removal by Perioperative Services
  • Introduction to neurology with a slippery hands-on calf-brain demonstration
  • Lab tour, featuring petri dishes infected with MRSA and strep
  • Physical therapy at Rehab Services with balance test demo
  • Imaging presentation demonstrating the intersection of IT and healthcare for those less inclined toward hands-on care
  • Emergency Department tour
  • Finding a career with purpose and passion
  • Behind-the-scenes tour of the Birth Center and NICU
  • Introduction to the assistive tools of occupational therapy, including the sock puller and leg lifter

The program aims to spark interest in health sciences careers from anesthesiologist to X-ray technician and everything in between.

Gummy worm appendix surgery a success!

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