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Cville Middle-Schoolers Get Look inside UVA Medical Center

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Hundreds of Charlottesville middle school students got a close-up look inside the University of Virginia Department of Medicine Tuesday.

The goal was to get young people interested in pursuing careers in health care. It was the largest and youngest group of students to tour the hospital as part of a diversity outreach initiative. It was a rare opportunity to go behind the scenes and see how lives are saved in the area every day.

More than 200 seventh-graders from Buford Middle School got a dose of what it takes to be a doctor.

“It really amazes me how many different fields there are that people can go in and the job opportunities,” said one student, Cole Fairchild.

The group started its visit at the intensive care unit.

“My granny actually had to go through ICU and to be able to see that here and see how other people are going through that - that meant a lot to me,” said student Lena Keesecker.

The students got a trauma tour through the emergency department at the UVA Medical Center. They also got to look at images of organs as part of a quick lesson in radiology.

“The level of technology is just increasing rapidly and that you can be able to see parts of people's brains and heads and their whole body through computers is really amazing,” Fairchild said.

Students also made their way up to sneak a peek at the hospital's helipad.

Even though most of the students aren't sure if they want to pursue a medical career, the idea is to spark an interest early.

“This made me way more interested than I was before,” Fairchild said.

The event was planned by the staff employee advisory committee within the department of medicine.

Next week, eighth-graders from Buford will get their chance to check out the hospital.

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