I took a class like that in high school - it was called Medical Careers and it lasted one semester, for 2 class periods in a row. Three days a week we spent in the classroom learning things like medical terminology
, taking vital signs and doing basic assessments, and types of jobs in the medical field. Two days a week we went to a local hospital and shadowed all kinds of different people. One of the things we did was spend two days each in surgery.
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Aside from GYN, are there any other procedures you would prohibit high school students from observing?
I would say any high risk surgery like open heart or trauma wouldn't be a good idea. Maybe more of a routine surgery? Believe me, we were thrilled to pieces just to be standing in the corner of the OR! Our classmates were back at school running laps in gym class or taking math tests - and we were in scrubs
, masks, and hats, watching actual SURGERY! We didn't care what the heck we saw, so long as they let us watch and once in a while explained to us what they were doing. Mostly it was stuff like lumpectomies, gallbladder removals, ortho cases, and scheduled C-sections.
Now, there were two guys that saw a man with testicular cancer have a testicle removed...I would say that would be a bad one for guys. They actually were so traumatized that they refused to talk about it later on. Poor guys!!!