STEM HUB-Whitman Team Up for Amazing Hospital Experience

Students observed several surgeries in progress, and spoke with the surgeons and nurses as the surgeries progressed.
Students observed several surgeries in progress, and spoke with the surgeons and nurses as the surgeries progressed.
Students will pay their experience forward by visiting the Silas Wood 6th Grade Center in January to create an in house “Hospital for a day” for the 6th grade students.
Students will pay their experience forward by visiting the Silas Wood 6th Grade Center in January to create an in house “Hospital for a day” for the 6th grade students.
The future of healthcare is “Sprouting” as fourteen of Whitman’s future healthcare workers explored the clinical aspects of Cohen’s Children’s Hospital in New Hyde Park as phase one of North Shore LIJ’s SPARK Challenge.
The future of healthcare is “Sprouting” as fourteen of Whitman’s future healthcare workers explored the clinical aspects of Cohen’s Children’s Hospital in New Hyde Park as phase one of North Shore LIJ’s SPARK Challenge.
Ready for disaster, healthcare workers today prepare for anything and everything.
Ready for disaster, healthcare workers today prepare for anything and everything.
“I was very impressed with how they organized and kept everything clean,” reported Sudhakar Sood, who is especially interested in the OR.
“I was very impressed with how they organized and kept everything clean,” reported Sudhakar Sood, who is especially interested in the OR.

What better way to spark an interest in a medical career than to shadow hospital employees for a day?  That’s exactly what 14 ambitious Whitman students did on November 6, when they teamed with North Shore LIJ’s Cohen’s Children’s Hospital to experience a wide range of hospital careers as part of the LI STEM Hub SPARK! Challenge.

Students had the opportunity to experience life as a hospital chaplain, child-life professional, operating room surgeon, anesthesiologist, operating room nurse, lab technician, food and nutrition professional, neonatal ICU nurse, and social worker.  Students actually suited up and visited the OR suite, where they observed several surgeries in progress, and spoke with the surgeons and nurses as the surgeries progressed.

Were the students impressed by anything?  “How calm and reassuring the doctors were,” reported Elizabeth Fernandez, referring to the way the OR staff interacted with the patients.   And, regarding the neonatal ICU, she added, “When a baby was in distress, the nurses and doctors came running!” 

“I was very impressed with how they organized and kept everything clean,” reported Sudhakar Sood, who is especially interested in the OR.

“Everyone loves their jobs,” noted Maureen Leiva.

The project is not over.  Students will pay their experience forward by visiting the Silas Wood 6th Grade Center in January to create an in house “Hospital for a day” for the 6th grade students.  Then, they will produce a video about their experience.

Two additional teams of Whitman Students will be going back to North Shore LIJ in December, one to experience careers in neuroscience, and another to experience the business end of the hospital business.  

We look forward to hearing about their experiences.