LRHS Girls in White Coats members get to use hospital gear

Jennifer Shank-Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- Twenty-five members of LRHS’s Girls in White Coats club (GiWC) attended a field trip to Lakewood Ranch Medical Center on Wednesday, April 12.

The girls learned about future healthcare opportunities and heard from experts in Radiology and Imaging, Cardiovascular Services, Respiratory Therapy, and an OBGYN.

They also got to work hands-on with the hospital’s equipment, such as an ultrasound machine and an x-ray machine. They were taught proper ways to give CPR.

GiWC adviser and LRHS anatomy and physiology teacher Kelly Smith-Williams said, “The hands-on learning activities of the hospital’s equipment was so beneficial as it brought the students past knowledge into a real-life setting.”

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A chief executive officer, chief operating officer, and chief nursing officer also spoke about their roles at the hospital.

Club co-president and co-founder Senior Kate Tuchman said, “It was so inspiring to hear from medical professionals who truly love their job and are excited to share their passion and knowledge to people who want to join the medical field.”

Smith-Williams said,  “The biggest takeaway for me was learning that you do not need to major in biology or health sciences to become doctors or hospital personnel. In fact, having a business degree can make it easier to work in a leadership position or open your own practice. Being versatile is a new aspect of the changing medical field.”