High school students watch live surgery, learn about medical careers

GLEN BURNIE, Md. - First thing Tuesday morning, dozens of students across Anne Arundel County gathered in auditoriums to watch a unique presentation for the first time.


"Most adults never get to see a surgery, so it's pretty awesome," Internship Facilitator Rodney Bolton said.

Doctor Adrian Park led students through the procedure, asking students to identify various organs. Students at Glen Burnie High School answered them correctly, and erupted in applause each time.

Students here are part of the Biomedical Allied Health Program that serves students across the county from 9th-12th grade.

Tenth grader, JaNya Brown grew up loving this field, so it was only natural to become part of the school's program.

"I've watched lots of NCIS since I was like five and she's like the coolest person I've ever seen," JaNya was talking about Abby, a forensic scientist on the show. She idolizes that career path.

"I found that was pretty interesting that I could still help solve a crime without having to actually see anything that would be too terrorizing," JaNya said.

Tuesday, she and her classmates saw some blood, lots of snipping and some things that could make you gag, giving students an idea if they have the stomach for medicine.

"I'm really hoping to open new career opportunities for these students," Jessa Bradley said. She coordinated the broadcast, is a Senior at GBHS and plans to study to become a medical examiner.

"I want to give voices to those beyond the grave. It's like a huge mystery, it's a giant puzzle for me and I really want to be able to give that voice to that person," Jessa said.

Watching the video provided some guidance to students like JaNya, "I feel like it will actually change my mind because if I like this enough, maybe I'll go into the doctor field, instead of the forensic field."

"We have a decreasing population of physicians and an increasing elderly population so these are physicians for our future," Jessa said, hoping to give her and her classmates a head start to help others.

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