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High school students learn what it's like to work in an operating room

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Daisy Pilarczyk wants to be a surgeon. She's seen the difference they make in others' lives.

"My grandma's had a lot of medical issues," said Pilarczyk, a high school senior. "She's had cancer and lots of other surgeries. So I feel like she's had wonderful doctors and they've helped her out a lot so I feel like I should be able to do the same thing for other people."

Saturday Pilarczyk tried her hand at the Da Vinci Robotic Surgical System. She's one of more than 40 Eastern Iowa high school students who took part in an operating room job shadow at Mercy Medical Center.

We're doing this so that students get a good idea of what's it's like to work in the healthcare field, specifically the operating room," said Laura Deflieger, Registered Nurse. "They can come in and check out what the OR actually looks like on the inside and see what we do during the day."

Students learned how to scrub in properly, did mock operations, and even tried their hand at suturing. Workplace Learning Connection helped organize the event at Mercy. It's one of the many real-world experiences they set up for students.

"Find out what skills are necessary for the skills they might have an interest in, find out what education is needed for what they're going to be pursuing for a career so it's just kind of an opportunity to help get them directed down the right path that they want to do," said Sue Neil, Program Coordinator.

Through job shadows and internships, students develop realistic expectations.

"Things are harder than they seem, I guess," said Pilarczyk. "There's a lot more that goes into beforehand and after hand than you would think."

Pilarczyk says the extra work is worth it.

"It's just something that I think would be interesting and I'm willing to put the time and effort into it," said Pilarczyk.

Mercy Medical Center has been hosting an operating room job shadow for about five years.

Saturday's group was the largest group of students to take part on job shadow day.

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