Ballard High students get hands-on medical experience

This past week, a group of Ballard High School students was invited to the Gossman Center for Advanced Pediatric and Perinatal Simulation at Swedish Medical Center’s First Hill campus to go behind-the-scenes of the medical industry.

The students are interested in non-physician track careers and spent the day learning about positions such as surgery technician, paramedic/EMT, Radiology/X-ray technician and nursing.

During the High School Medical Career Day, the students worked on life-sized, computer-controlled patient mannequins. The center has high-tech mannequins of infants, toddlers, school-age kids and mothers during childbirth.

“Each is integrated with wireless hardware and advanced software that create preplanned training scenarios mirroring situations calling for rapid response by medical teams,” the website states.

The Gossman Simulation Center opened in 2008 and is the only facility of its kind in the region. (Photos courtesy Ron Wurzer/Swedish Medical Center.)

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