BERKELEY HEIGHTS - High school students considering medical careers were given the opportunity to play doctor today.
A group of 55 students from Governor Livingston High School in Berkeley Heights donned hospital scrubs and practiced giving injections into oranges with doctors from Summit Medical Group.
"It's kind of unique that they get a hands-on approach to medicine," says Dr. Marnie Cambria Dardenello. "It's very different to talk to a doctor and hear what their day is like. But to actually use some of the skills that we use on a daily basis, I think brings it home, makes it more passionate, more engaging for them."
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"For me, personally, I really enjoyed the sutures," says student Rashav Abraham. "I liked working with my hands. It was fun."
Summit Medical Group sponsors the program. Next month, high school students from Basking Ridge will get the same opportunity.
Those who show a strong desire to enter the field will be eventually be able to shadow doctors, nurses and other medical professionals on the job.