A taste of medicine
â€śWhat do you do to become a doctor?â€ť â€śHow do you get experience working in medicine?â€ť â€śIs medicine the right subject for me?â€ť 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.
â€śItâ€™s good to get a perspective from the guest speakers,â€ť junior Amanda Ghibaudo said. â€śWe can see what their [view] of the field is, and if I wanted to go into medicine itâ€™s always good to find out.â€ť
Through an online fundraising platform, Caduceus Club raised over two thousand dollars for the Childrenâ€™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.
â€śIt makes you feel like you saved a life,â€ť co-president junior Victoria Chang said. â€śSometimes, people need some money to help, and what we raise can help save lives. [It] can really mean a lot to the families that canâ€™t afford treatment.â€ť
Every year, Caduceus Club hosts a CPR registration training, offering instructional videos, live practice on specialized dummies and certification from the American Heart Association.
â€śWe [train] our members to do basic first aid,â€ť Chang said. â€śSo if theyâ€™re walking in the streets and they see someone who [needs help], they can use their [medical knowledge] to save them.â€ť
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.
â€śI like the aspect of making an impact and not just staying in the Walnut bubble,â€ť co-president senior Angela Sun said. â€ś[Volunteering] assures me that I want to go into the [medical] field, and itâ€™s good that I get experience interacting with real life people.â€ť
By Jason Wu, Staff writer
PhotoÂ courtesy of Caduceus Club