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The HonorHealth Scottsdale Thompson Peak Medical Center opened its doors to 40 enthusiastic high school students as they embarked on an engaging and educational journey into the realm of emergency department medicine. The event, organized by the HonorHealth Scottsdale Thompson Peak Medical Explorers Club, provided these young minds with a hands-on experience alongside healthcare professionals, offering invaluable insights into the dynamic field of emergency medicine.

The event was held in May at HonorHealth Scottsdale Thompson Peak Medical Center, 7400 E. Thompson Peak Pkwy.

The primary goal of this educational opportunity was to allow students to witness firsthand the intricate processes involved in a patient’s journey through the emergency department. To provide an immersive experience, the students interacted with personnel from the Scottsdale Fire Department, who showcased their firetruck, as well as the Thompson Peak Emergency Department clinical staff. Additionally, a Native Air ambulance (medical helicopter) was present, allowing students to gain insights into the role of air transportation in emergency medical situations.

The HonorHealth Scottsdale Thompson Peak Medical Explorers Club consists of high school-aged members with a deep interest in emergency medicine. Through this event, they were able to explore various career paths within this field, fostering a better understanding of the opportunities available to them.
The HonorHealth Medical Explorers Club is a student-run organization sponsored by HonorHealth. It was first established in 2015 at the HonorHealth Scottsdale Thompson Peak Medical Center and has since seen 40 to 50 students engage in the club each year. Similar clubs have been established at HonorHealth Deer Valley Medical Center and HonorHealth John C. Lincoln Medical Center. Furthermore, a new club focusing on nursing will be launched in the upcoming fall semester.

Since its inception, over 600 students have participated in the Medical Explorers Club, which runs from August to June during the academic year. The program exposes students interested in healthcare careers to a range of hands-on events and learning opportunities. In addition to the emergency medicine event, this year’s activities included dissection sessions with cardiologists, casting exercises with orthopedic surgeons, discussions on mental health led by psychologists, dissection of cow eyes with ophthalmologists, behind-the-scenes tours of operating rooms, blood pressure measurement activities with ICU nursing staff, and exercises with physical therapists and occupational therapists.

For more information, reach out to Bill Baer at 602-469-0088 or via email at [email protected].