On March 1, 2004, I was fortunate enough to witness live surgery in the operating room. Dr. Negrin allowed another student and myself the opportunity to view him perform a knee surgery. We dressed up in scrubs and I felt like I was a real doctor! While in surgery, we stood along side Dr. Negrin as he explained step-by-step the procedures of the surgery. Watching this surgery gave me the opportunity to see the challenges and rewards of the medical profession. Dr. Negrin made the surgery look very easy, but I knew the skill came with many years of practice. After witnessing the surgery, I walked out with a greater appreciation for doctors and the beneficial services they provide for society. It makes me want to enter into the medical profession even more. In the coming years, I hope to have many more influential opportunities such as this one.
- Joseph B.
On March 1st Joseph B and I went to Emory-Adventist Hospital to spend an average morning with Dr. Negrin. It was definitely one of the most awesome things I have done during my senior year. When we arrived that morning we changed into scrubs, and talked to some of the nurses about what to expect in the operating room. They told us that the knee surgery being performed that day was very common and would use a tiny video camera to manuver around the knee and prevent large incisions (which would cause more recovery time). Everyone was a blast to be around and made the experience really comfortable. The actual surgery was very cool, but totally different from what I expected. The whole time Dr. Negrin would explain exactly what he was doing in full detail and every once in a while (during equipment changes and such) they would talk about events in their life or tell a joke! However, the surgery was not my favorite part of the day. After we had a chance to relax and unwind in the doctor’s lounge, we followed Dr. Negrin to watch two epidurals and a patient check-up. Watching the epidurals made me happy because I knew the terminology and felt I was taking an active role in the conversation with Brian, his PA. It was also fun because I was able to see the doctor interacting with his patients. It’s hard to explain why that was so meaningful, but to know that he took time to learn the names of different members in their family, favorite activities, and personal stories was very nice to watch. After his rounds and appointments, we were able to see the MRI machine. I also enjoyed this very much because many of the pictures the technician showed us I could identify (meaning I knew where in the body it would be found and what different parts it had). When we went near the machine she showed us the great magnetic force by holding the metal part of her nametag up and we saw it stand completely erect! That concluded our visit and we came back with the great exeperience!!!
- Caitlin K.
"I'm so glad there is finally a club here at Walton that caters to the interest in medicine that we all share; thank you, Mrs. Cheshire, Jeff, and Viji for facilitating this opportunity for us."
- Shawna M.
"An officer of a club has many responsibilities. Now consider that statement with a new club. The responsibilities double. As an officer and founding member of a club, one is required to set a precedent for new and future members. This duty, as well as club duties must be accomplished in order to get a club on its feet.
This work ethic is applied to the Future Physicians Club. I, Avid L., am a Public Relations Officer for this new club. A main component of the club's activities is guest speakers. If we want to have these guests and doctors come and speak to us again, I have make sure they feel appreciated. This job includes making gift baskets for our speakers and sending 'Thank You' cards. Our gift baskets often include Blockbuster or Caribou Coffee gift certificates, and apple ('an apple a day...'), post-it notes, gum, candy or mints, and of course Walton High School paraphernalia. Our 'Thank You' cards are signed by all attending members for that speaker.
Being in a new club as an officer is often time consuming, but I wouldn't trade this experience for the world!"
- Avid L.
"As a volunteer at Scottish Rite of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, I met many kindred spirits. Not merely children, but intelligent beings who, at a young age, had experienced just how evanescent life is. Of the many children with whom I had contact, two remain most prominent in my memory.
Mickey, the 5-year-old girl known by the entire hospital as "a sweetheart," remained in the ICU unit for several weeks. Suffering from concussions and partial paralysis, Mickey was attempting to rebuild her strength. I tirelessly played video games with her for hours, hoping all the time to allow that innocent, joyous laughter to erupt from her mouth. Rolando, in the rehabilitation ward, was also a 5-year-old who was working to regain the use of his legs. But he had one minor obstacle to overcome...being blind. Rolando and I sat and listened to cartoons on television and talked about trivial things like Santa Clause and siblings.
Holding their frail hands in my own, I realized that though these children had unfortunate setbacks in thier life, they also possessed the will power to resist the strong forces opposing them. By defying fear, these children have taught me a lesson more beneficial than one any textbook ever could: the importance of courage and childhood innocence. Because of them, I have learned to remain forever youthful.
Upon the development of the Future Physicians Club, I was given the opportunity to shadow Dr. Sachs, a family medicine practitioner near Kennestone Hospital. For about three hours, I followed him into consultations with patients and listened to his quick diagnoses. At times I was astonished at how he could determine a medicine abuser from a normal prescription patient. The hours progressed, and Dr. Sachs eventually began to introduce me as "a med student." Though I had jumped about seven years ahead in my life with this one statement, it made me realize that I would one day hold that name. One day I would even surpass the nominal "med student" to become a true, full-fledged doctor. Besides indulging me in stimulating conversations on the Hippocratic Oath and its connection with abortions, Dr. Sachs allowed me to receive a complete glimpse of independent practice in comparison with the hospital crew of doctors to whom I had become accustomed.
This club has opened me to a multitude of new ideas. From the speakers I've heard to the experiences I've had, I know a little bit more about what a doctor truly does. Anything and everything they do results in some benefit or consequence. When the benefits outweigh the consequences, they have won their battle. There is no distinct victory over the forces of death, but a simple postponement. Doctors toy with the thin line distancing life and death, and I want to be the holder of such consuming power."
- Viji S.
"My name is Daniel S. and I'm a junior at Walton. The reason that the Future Physicians Club is so important to me is because I am a survivor of three cancers. I may become a physician in the future and in this club we are exposed to many speakers who tell their stories and show us how rewarding being a physician can be. The highlight of our club was a recent trip to the Emory Nursing Department where we were shown lots of interesting aspects of medicine. In the March 4th issue of Family Circle national magazine there was an article about my battles with cancer and in it I spoke about the Future Physicians Club."
- Daniel S.
"As a high school student, the Walton Future Physicians Club is the only place that has provided extensive knowledge of the medical field, my intended career path."
- Joseph B.