We've often talked about the future of medicine on our website and in our newsletters but this is the first year IHPC dedicated a special seminar/workshop focusing on hi-tech healthcare. More than 100 students decided it was a great way to spend a Saturday morning and convened on San Bernardino Valley College (SBVC) to hear speakers in the fields of genomics, robotics, telemedicine, and wearable devices. The students were blown away, and indicated in the post survey that they now had the information and resources they needed to pursue a career in the hi-tech healthcare field.
This workshop, as the subject implies, was very interactive. Dr. Karen Davis, family physician, and Yvonne Salazar, LVN, Tele-medicine Coordinator for Riverside and San Bernardino Indian Health, created a makeshift telemedicine demonstration using Outreach Specialist, Muquxi La as patient "X." Anna Hickerson, engineer and professor at Keck Graduate Institute (KGI), brought telemedicine devices while Sara Low, Director of Inter-professional Education and Assistant Professor at KGI, gave a first person perspective of the many uses of telemedicine. Jason Hatfield, Senior Admissions counselor for KGI School of Pharmacy, led students through a DNA extraction from fresh strawberries followed by genetic counselor Shelley Mueller, who shared information on the little known career path of genetic counseling. Of course, what is a seminar on robotics without robots? Eletrical engineer, Greg Griffis and Mary Holder, robotics and visual arts instructor at Palomares Health Sciences Academy, brought a variety of robots including some that could talk!
This seminar brought together many special folks whom we wish to recognize including John Powers, Co-founder of Murrieta Genomics, who talked about the future of medicine, Lori Burham, and Carol Wells, from San Bernardino Valley College, and volunteer interns Eric Flores and Xilonem Montoya. Thank you also to our special guest, Assemblymember Eloise Gomez Reyes for attending.