A taste of medicine

“What do you do to become a doctor?” “How do you get experience working in medicine?” “Is medicine the right subject for me?” These are the questions that the Caduceus Club, an organization that focuses on providing public outreach for the medical field, answers.

Club members learn various skills used in the medical field, from cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training to internship applications at local hospitals. Caduceus also hosts guest speakers from collaborating institutions, such as the University of California Irvine and the Western University of Public Health.

“It’s good to get a perspective from the guest speakers,” junior Amanda Ghibaudo said. “We can see what their [view] of the field is, and if I wanted to go into medicine it’s always good to find out.”

Through an online fundraising platform, Caduceus Club raised over two thousand dollars for the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles to help pay for the medical bills of children in need. Members have started a social media campaign to promote their fundraiser, sharing the donation link on their personal media accounts.

“It makes you feel like you saved a life,” co-president junior Victoria Chang said. “Sometimes, people need some money to help, and what we raise can help save lives. [It] can really mean a lot to the families that can’t afford treatment.”

Every year, Caduceus Club hosts a CPR registration training, offering instructional videos, live practice on specialized dummies and certification from the American Heart Association.

“We [train] our members to do basic first aid,” Chang said. “So if they’re walking in the streets and they see someone who [needs help], they can use their [medical knowledge] to save them.”

Students learn from their experiences working at places like the Whittier Hills Healthcare Center, where they bake cookies and spend time with senior citizens. Members also attend informational health fairs at Mt. San Antonio College, where they help spread information about hygiene and disease treatment.

“I like the aspect of making an impact and not just staying in the Walnut bubble,” co-president senior Angela Sun said. “[Volunteering] assures me that I want to go into the [medical] field, and it’s good that I get experience interacting with real life people.”

By Jason Wu, Staff writer
Photo courtesy of Caduceus Club