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.