The Symposium was sponsored by Tennessee Rural Partnership, a private non-profit organization established in 2006 to address the increasing challenges of providing healthcare in rural and underserved areas across the state.
TRP partnered with HOSA to provide the daylong field trip to the Tennessee medical school. The students were able to get hands-on practice in the same simulation labs where Vanderbilt medical school students and residents train.
The practice simulations included airway management, delivering a baby, suturing and IV placement, ultrasound usage, robotic surgery and managing a heart attack victim. The students also heard from Vanderbilt University medical students about their experiences as well.
“It just made me realize my goal of becoming a surgeon is that much more attainable,” said Taylor Ray senior clinical intern at CCCHS.
“The whole experience was awesome, and to see the students’ excitement and eagerness was so rewarding. I only wish I could have brought more than five students,” Lewis said.
The HHS students attending were Alyssa Young, Madison Tolle, Gillian Russell, Trish Nguyen, Dylan Leifheit, Byars Adcock and Mason Gibbs.
The CCCHS students attending were Riley Dee, Noah Mayo, Taylor Ray, Victoria Roberson and Rachel Sneed.