On April 19, three junior girls from Shawano Community High School were selected to go to the Future Physicians Day in Wausau. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. myself, Kyra Klement and Chloe Krueger were at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Aspirus Wausau Hospital on the day off from school. There were many other students there from different schools that varied from high school levels to college students.
Krueger described her experience by stating, “My favorite part would have to have been when we were allowed to eat lunch with the med students and ask questions. I got to ask some things, and their answers lifted so much weight off of my chest that let me know I belonged there.
The program allowed us to get a glimpse into what it is like to be a medical student.”
We gained insight into the knowledge and skills needed to prepare ourselves as future medical school candidates. We were provided information on how to finance medical school, informed of physician workforce needs in Wisconsin and had the opportunity to network with medical school and/or residency faculty.
Klement expanded on the event by stating, “I am currently considering MCW as a possible medical school for my future. I would recommend this program because it is no cost to participate, and you gain knowledge about what goes on in a regular medical student’s life.”
At the Future Physician’s Day, we got to tour the Medical College of Wisconsin. After the tour, we had a broadcast lecture from Milwaukee with Dr. Lisa Cirillo about the histology of the small intestine. We got to experience the latest in distance education that was mind blowing with interactive webcams. The lecture was followed by a suturing clinic where we were taught different suturing techniques on chicken breasts.
“I learned how to do simple sutures, and I got to live in the day of a medical student. We learned about diseases and listening for signs of breathing problems and how to detect them. Also how to finance for medical school,” described Krueger.
We will also be participating in the Medical Mentoring program this summer which is a job shadowing for an occupation of our choice. This program provides valuable firsthand experiences, professional mentoring, and job-shadowing opportunities that help us make educated decisions about our futures.
I would recommend that anyone interested in the medical field gets involved with this program and the Medical Mentoring program. It is the best opportunity to learn and get involved with figuring out your future early, even if the medical field is not your first option.
“It gives everyone the opportunity to feel sure of themselves because everyone deals with imposter syndrome [where people doubt their accomplishments and have a persistent, often internalized fear of being exposed as a fraud]. It also gives a head start compared to other students. Instead of making you feel like you are just diving in head first, you can test the waters with this program,” stated Krueger.