There was an air of expectation as a class of 35 students from Chino Hills High School took a day off of school to visit Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center (PVHMC) as part of IHPC's health site visit program. The day included a tour of several facilities as well as volunteer opportunities and human resources, but focused on two areas of medicine not often introduced at the high school level - bioethics and radiology. Dr. David Adams surprised the students by demonstrating the relationship between law (for those who are thinking about law school) and medicine and how bioethics allows practioners to do both. Radiology imaging tech, Herb Medford described the critical role that imaging plays in a hospital setting, especially on a surgical team. Students quickly learned that there is a lot more to his specialty than just taking xrays! It was hard to pinpoint just what area garnered the greatest curiosity as students were taken on a tour of the women's center, cath lab, and physical therapy center, but they asked lots of questions and seemed genuinely interested in what happens in a hospital behind the scenes. HR manager, Rene Martinez brought it all home when he talked about life after school when they will be looking for their first job and going in for interviews at facilities like PVHMC. He helped them understand what HR managers look for and how they determine if a candidate might be a good fit. Before they knew it, it was time to head back to school and hit the books again. One student had this to say about her experience:
Thank you to volunteer coordinator Lindsey Medina and all PVHMC staff who made this visit possible!