Career camp exposes students to medical field

YUMA, Ariz. – They are not your typical surgeons but high school and college students, washed up and ready for the operating room.

“Very excited,” said Monique Muro.

Monique Muro is a volunteer at Yuma Regional Medical Center as part of an annual healthcare career camp. She wants to be a physician some day.

“I wanna go out and get my medical degree and all that and come back to work for Yuma,” Muro said.

Muro and the other young adults get to experience different departments within a hospital, clinical and administrative.

Elizabeth Hammonds oversees the program.

“We do have a lot of our students really interested in healthcare but sometimes really don’t know what direction to go to, so we want to be able to give them the opportunity to learn and explore some healthcare careers,” said Hammonds.

These participants practiced a surgical procedure Wednesday afternoon with gummy bears and a mannequin.

“So it would be the same tools that a surgical tech would be using and perhaps even the physician, so it is the same tools and it is the same operating rooms that our actual staff people use,” Hammonds explained.

For many of these students this career camp is the first step toward some impressive goals.

“It just strengthens my passion for what I want to do when I’m done with school, which is to help people in general,” Miguel Zamorano told us; he wants to work in pediatrics.

Thursday is the last day of the camp. The students will meet with doctors completing their residency program.

About The Author

Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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