Gundersen Health System inspires students to pursue medical careers

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LA CROSSE, Wisc. (WLAX) — Students at Hamilton Elementary School received an up-close look at different aspects of the medical field when staff from Gundersen Health System came to the school Friday for a demonstration.

The visit was part of the Wisconsin Science Festival.

“We’re bringing the science of medicine to our elementary classmates at Hamilton school, teaching them about the field of medicine, with the hope that we may inspire some young kids to think about careers in medicine,” Dr. Robyn Borge, chief of medical and clinical staff, said.

Gundersen started coming to the school in 2018, giving students the chance to learn about medical topics first-hand from experts in the field.

“It’s something with our community school model, and part of the community school strategy, that we really want to look to leverage our relationships with outside community partners to bring those expanded learning opportunities for kids,” Sara Jackson, Hamiton School Community Coordinator said.

Medical residents, attending physicians and nurses set up different stations around the school.

“We love to teach people at a young age about keeping their bodies moving, about healthy nutrition,” Borge said. “Some of the kids are going to learn about x-rays and injuries, others will learn how to take care of their bodies, healthy nutrition, and then finally we’re teaching them how to do shots.”

Jackson said opportunities, such as the partnership with Gundersen, that provide different learning environments can make students better learners.

“Really, it’s just about strong relationships, strong partnerships, and truly Gundersen is a huge part of the Hamilton family,” Jackson said. “We’re constantly looking for innovative ways to make them part of our school community and to bring different expanded learning opportunities to our kids. Fun inspires learning, so it’s a great opportunity to provide those experiences that they may not otherwise have that could ignite excitement in them to consider a career.”

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