hazardous emergency, toured the facility, and participated in a birthing simulation. Some of the students loved the intensity of both simulations (budding ER & OB/Gyns) while others preferred the pathology lab scene, which was a lot more relaxed. Ultimately, they all enjoyed the Case Study activity, where they worked in small groups with a physician to diagnose a patient with a “mystery disease.” The program culminated at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, where the highlight was dissecting a pig heart with the help of cardiologists, fellows and residents. The students were so engaged in the dissection and did everything from identifying all the cardiac anatomy to probing the arteries and veins. After leaving CPMC, we headed to Pier 39 for a fun, Forrest Gump themed dinner at Bubba Gumps.
The most important thing we hope to provide to the students is encouragement and inspiration. Each year, they will encounter someone or hear something during the program that they can relate to and that has often has turned in to a mentor opportunity. During this long road to medicine, they often experience self- doubt and need someone remind them that they CAN do this, that anything is possible with hard work. Last year when asked for his advice, one of our young physicians said very simply “it’s a long road, it’s hard, you will fail, you will fall down, but pick yourself up and keep going because it’s worth it in the end”. This is the message we hope they will carry with them on their journey.
San Joaquin Physician Fall 2018