Wise Speaks to Students Interested in Medicine

On Wednesday, January 29, the Future in Medicine Club (FiMC) came together for its third doctor visit and welcomed Dr. Susannah Wise from Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.

On Wednesday, January 29, the Future in Medicine Club (FiMC) came together for its third doctor visit and welcomed Dr. Susannah Wise from Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.

Club President Chris Crane ’21 formed the club with fellow Dickinson Housemates upon finding that many of them shared a common interest in possibly becoming a doctor. For Crane, personally, his interest was mainly driven by family professions, as his mother and grandfather are doctors. He grew up hearing amazing stories of surgeries and saving lives, which added to his interest.

Approximately every other month, the FiMC gathers to meet and listen to a visiting local doctor speak about their profession and specialty which also allows club members to ask questions. Wise was the third in the series. She is a general surgeon who primarily performs laparoscopic surgery and breast surgery.

Preceding her presentation, Wise shared with the club a short summary of her journey to becoming a general surgeon, including attending medical school and surviving internship. She also spoke about how her specialty of general surgery allows her more flexibility in her schedule than other specialties may allow. In response to a question, Wise said that there are numerous medical professions that one can pursue, and they all have specific pros and cons. Therefore, she argued, there is a profession for everyone interested in the medical field.

Wise brought several videos of her most common surgery, a laparoscopic repair of a hiatal paraesophageal hernia. The patient’s stomach had bulged through a hiatus, an opening in the diaphragm, where the esophagus is located. Wise performed minimally invasive surgery using laparoscopic techniques to move the stomach out of the chest cavity and back to its proper position. She presented these videos to attendees and explained the procedure.

“The video was eye-opening,” said attendee Tiffany Yeung ’22, “especially into how much detail and accuracy surgeons need to have.” Wise’s laparoscopes, cameras used in laparoscopic surgery, presented several different positional perspectives of the surgery. Yeung said that the different perspectives allowed her to see how the inside of a body really looks which she had never seen before in such detail. “My favorite part was when she used a special device to [suture] the organs while inside the body,” she said.

Club member Kyle Baek ’22 agreed, “it was an amazing experience to get to see such an up-close video of a surgery.” His own interest in medicine came from a love for medical dramas, the experience of his own mother getting surgery, and an interest in biology. Baek said that it was “really fascinating to learn more about what goes on in [his] own body.”

Crane reflected that something he learned from the presentation was that when doctors perform surgery in the stomach area, they have to fill the stomach and intestines with carbon dioxide so they can see easier. “It’s pretty crazy watching surgeries,” Crane said, “it makes me respect the profession and the doctors even more than before.” In the future, Crane hopes to host many more doctors for students to meet and listen to.

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