Eight members of the Boys and Girls club of Benton County’s “Keystone Club” took a break from summer vacation for a real learning opportunity. The Keystone club is a character and leadership development program for youth ages 14-18. Many of the studentsare interested in the medical field and had a chance to get some hands-on experience inside the surgical suites at Mercy Medical Center in Rogers.
The students started just like the surgeons do, by scrubbing their hands and putting on gowns and gloves. Then they put drapes on a pretend “patient” and used laparoscopic instrumentation to try their hand at cauterizing and suturing. This kind of up-close and personal experience allows the students to learn the many different jobs in the operating room from surgeon to nurse to scrub tech and more.