“They came into the emergency room, and their arm was completely mutilated, almost ripped off, from the car accident.”
The entire class gasps and cringes at the thought, rubbing their arms as if to make sure they’re still there. Jessica Chambers, Health Science teacher and past respiratory therapist, is teaching the class about first aid. She provides them with a harrowing personal anecdote that is nothing less than the actual experience of a medical professional, a motif that will be constant in the class.
Beginning this school year, Health Science Tech II has undergone a name change from the aforementioned to Health Science Practicum. What hasn’t changed, however, is the impact it has on the students taking that class and the quintessential experience garnered by future doctors and nurses.
“It’s one of the most rewarding experiences I can have as a student,” junior Eliana Glenn said.
Health Science Practicum is a higher level Health Science class that focuses more on giving students experience rather than knowledge of vocabulary, with a selection process that reflects the value of the class.
“The students have to go through a selection process that includes a lot of interviews and research on your grades,” Glenn said.
Glenn classifies Health Science Practicum as extremely hands-on in terms of the things they learn.
“It’s definitely for someone who’s serious about being a medical professional in the future,” Glenn said.
According to Glenn, the class helps students gain direct exposure to the medical world rather than just learn about the human body.
“We actually go to assisted living facilities and help out the patients there,” Glenn said.
Health Science Practicum students go to many different institutions and facilities during the year in order to launch themselves into their future careers.
“Later in the year, we get to Seton, the hospital in Austin, and we get to spend time there,” Glenn said.
At Seton, they can utilize what they have learned by shadowing doctors.
“This class isn’t for people who have an inclination toward health science,” Glenn said. “It’s hands-on learning that you’re only going to value if you plan to be a medical professional.”
Glenn highly recommends the class for those who do plan to be doctors and is adamant about the unique experience she has gained.
“We get to demonstrate and show our teacher how we’ve been learning,” Glenn said. “As a person who plans to be a health professional, it’s incredibly awe-inspiring.”
Written by Madeline Tredway, Staff Writer