Whitman SPARK Students Explore Amazing Careers at Huntington Hospital

Karla Garay Saravia and Grace Noonan learning the proper technique for suturing a wound.
Karla Garay Saravia and Grace Noonan learning the proper technique for suturing a wound.
Adam Choi examines a pathology specimen.
Adam Choi examines a pathology specimen.
Jasmine Thai prepares to close the wound.
Jasmine Thai prepares to close the wound.
Kayla Sakayan and Elliott Trester in the ER.
Kayla Sakayan and Elliott Trester in the ER.
Whitman students with the amazing staff at Huntington Hospital.  Seated: Mrs. Irizarry, Ashley Barker, Karla Cuellar, Karla Garay Saravia, Adam Choi, standing: Grace Noonan, Jasmine Thai, Eliott Trester, Kayla Sakayan, Ms. Scardapane.
Whitman students with the amazing staff at Huntington Hospital. Seated: Mrs. Irizarry, Ashley Barker, Karla Cuellar, Karla Garay Saravia, Adam Choi, standing: Grace Noonan, Jasmine Thai, Eliott Trester, Kayla Sakayan, Ms. Scardapane.

We hear from STEM coach Ms. Mari Scardapane that on November 6, Whitman students experienced an eye-opening day of career exploration at Huntington Hospital.   Among other things, they sutured pig feet in the emergency room, filled medication orders in the pharmacy (and learned how a simple mistake can cause a dangerous result); they watched a cardiac technologist conduct a complicated test, explored the bowels of the hospital with hospital engineers, and practiced surgical techniques on the DaVinci surgical robot.

Students saw and experienced careers they never thought of before - for example, who knew that specialized engineers are so critical to the structure and function of a hospital?  It was a thrilling experience and we want to express our thanks to the amazing staff at Huntington Hospital!