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We were thrilled to host over 30 students for this Cardiovascular and Pulmonary event at the University of Washington Medical Center’s WISH Lab. Pulmonary/Critical Care Physicians, Cardiothoracic surgeons, Cardiologists, and residents in these specialties volunteered and led our students through exciting sessions. During the morning rotations, students had an opportunity to practice intubation, use an ultrasound probe to view a human heart pumping, see how a pig’s heart circulates blood, and simulate a pulmonary/cardiovascular clinic visit. The lunch panel included our physician volunteers who answered various questions about ways to get involved in the community at a young age and how to make yourself stand out in undergraduate and health professions applications. The afternoon included practicing cardiovascular and pulmonary physical exam techniques, viewing heart and lung tissue under the microscope and handling human hearts and lungs. The students also participated in a smoking prevention presentation by the Tar Wars leaders where they discussed cigarette ingredients, phlegm, and watched how healthy versus damaged pig lungs function when a breath is taken. Thank you to the WISH Lab staff and our volunteers for making this a memorable experience for all of our students!

Youth Participant Quotes:

  • “Touching donor organs”
  • “The interaction between doctors, residents, and us”
  • “…Doing, and learning about echos”
  • “Being able to touch and have hands on experiences with the organs”
  • “That I got to touch a heart”
  • “Talking with actual medical students/doctors/surgens [sic]”
  • “Playing the doctor, asking what was wrong”
  • “Watching the lungs pump and seeing what happens when you smoke”
  • “…Looking through a microscope…”


Heart & Lungs Part 1

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