“Think broadly,” encouraged Yancy. “Don’t think only about becoming a physician, surgeon or nurse. There are many fascinating aspects to medicine and endless possibilities for what you can do in this field, such as working in policy, construction, finance or marketing. This is the time to explore your options.”
The Medical Explorers program at Northwestern Memorial offers Chicago-area teenagers an early look at careers in healthcare through hands-on workshops, hospital tours, one-on-one meetings with healthcare professionals and hospital leadership. The experience also emphasizes life skills, service learning, character development and leadership.
Alex Yaylayan, a senior at Carl Sandburg High School and President of the Medical Explorers group appreciated what Yancy had to say. “I interned at Northwestern Memorial last summer in the electrophysiology department with Dr. Knight and learned so much from all of the cardiologists I came across.”
During their session, Yancy shared a case of heart valve disease using in-depth illustrations and video to show the diseased heart and how a minimally invasive procedure, which was not even available ten years ago, can fix the problem.
“You don’t always think about it, but there are many different people and efforts that go into making this happen and allow us to perform the procedure successfully,” said Dr. Yancy. “Doctors, nurses, engineers, imaging and lab work to name a few. All work together to create a positive outcome.”
The students were engaged in what Yancy shared and appreciative of the opportunity to learn about his role as a cardiologist and gain his advice as a mentor.
“Dr. Yancy’s message about going for it and keeping after your passion and dreams, really hits home,” said Yaylayan.
Learn more about the Medical Explorers program at Northwestern Memorial.