By Galilea Torres

Saturday, November 4th, a group of about 8 Selma High Doctors academy sophomores and freshman attended the Community Regional Medical Center’s demonstration day.  We were brought into an orientation room where they taught us the ways on how to operate a hospital. To start the day off our journey was putting on medical scrubs.  The doctors had told us it could get messes.  My best friends and I were about to participate in a simulated emergency scenario and we did not know what to expect.  There were real people, who were acting, with Hollywood style makeup and props.  Honestly I could not tell the differences between a real injury and the make up.  As we were getting ready all I remember is that it was a blur, my adrenaline was rushing and we were all excited.

Our first scenario started off with blood………. blood everywhere, it spilled the moment the other “doctors” drill the into the skull to get the damaged section bone off.   The patient, who didn’t wear a helmet while driving a motorcycle, is laying on the table with two surgeons who were looking at his eyes; they noticed one pupil was bigger than the other and they suspected fluid build up inside the brain. We entered another room and straight into a a laparoscopic Cholecystectomy, or gallbladder removal. We were able to watch the surgeon use the davinci robot to perform the laparoscopic surgery; it was nothing like I had imagined.  I was really surprised to see the surgeon NOT actually doing the surgery but rather using a robotic arm to do such a complex  task.  The surgeons told us that this is the way of the future and that WE ARE THE FUTURE.  They told us to study hard and to never give up on our dreams…… even if sometimes it seems like they are unreachable.

It was a great experience and I am grateful to have the opportunity.
Thank you to the UCSF LACMER staff and the doctors who took their time to be with us that day.

It truly is a memory I will not forget