Students get a taste of medicine

21:13, Jul 03 2014
geraldine high school students
DOCTORS IN MAKING: Geraldine High School year 13 students Lucinda Askin and Melissa Sparks test the equipment in the anaesthesia and lithotripter bus with Dr Malcolm Stuart, as part of Programme Incubator at Timaru Hospital.

Teenagers keen on careers in medicine were given a firsthand look at what it's like to work at a hospital this week.

Year 13 students from Geraldine High School and Timaru Boys' High School toured Timaru Hospital and the travelling lithotripter bus as part of Programme Incubator.

Programme Incubator is a health careers programme run by the South Canterbury District Health Board.

Students had sessions with hospital workers from surgery, the central sterilising unit, radiology, anaesthesia and lithotripsy, and a recent graduate from Otago University.

The sessions were informal and interactive, with the students undertaking practical, hands-on activities designed to give them an insight into the various roles.

This year, students were given the opportunity to visit the Mobile Health Solutions surgical bus, which was at the hospital for lithotripsy procedures.


Lithotripsy procedures are non- invasive shock wave treatments for kidney stones, which break away the stone so it can be passed.

Geraldine High School student Melissa Sparks, 18, said she has wanted to be a doctor ever since she was little.

She said the day was helpful as there were so many options she didn't know about.

Melissa also had a week in the mobile surgical bus, touring the South Island and learning about different procedures it offers.

"It was so cool I didn't want it to end. All good knowledge, the surgeons would speak to me about everything, they wanted me to learn." Melissa also tried her hand at radiology but decided it wasn't really her thing.

The Timaru Herald