Medical Student For A Day

RENO, NV - When you go to your family doctor, you probably take his or her education for granted. Thursday at Reno's medical school, about a dozen community leaders got a first-hand look at what it takes to make it through medical school. Anatomy, bedside manner, even suturing were included.

It's not every day you get to see a real live heart.

It's a pig heart.

Close anatomically speaking to a human heart, the medical students for the day are learning how it pumps blood, what vessels are attached to it, and how high blood pressure works.

This is just one of many courses the students will take throughout the day, and before they even got to the lab, they had to go through an applications and admissions process like real prospective medical school students do.

“Students that can think, people that can think on their feet and have empathy, and they are going to be training, kind of in a very holistic way. Which I really appreciate,” says Susan Lisagor.

Normally Lisagor represents Senator Harry Reid's office, but today she put that to the side, along with others from places like St. Mary's Regional Medical Center, the Reno Gazette-Journal, and Nevada Health and Human Services to try and walk in a medical student's shoes just for the day.

4 years are compressed into about six hours.

Classes that you might not expect are part of the curriculum, such as how to deliver bad news to a patient.

It's a course that starts in the third year of medical school.

An actor is brought in the to play a patient, and students are put to the test.

Hands-on experience includes learning how to suture a patient.

The real skin is treated so students can work on their technique.

Organizers with the University Of Nevada School of Medicine hope the class will show these one-day students what it takes to educate our state's medical community.

While we do have one of the lowest rates of doctor-to-patient ratios in the country, we rank 6th best in the country for the number of residents, who after training, stay in the Silver State.