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South juniors shadowing UNG medical students
Rohan Rege and Aditya Bhave, juniors at South Forsyth High School, participated in a internship with the University of North Georgias Department of Physical Therapy.

Two Forsyth County students earned medical experience over the summer from older students.

Rohan Rege and Aditya Bhave, both juniors at South Forsyth High School, participated in a 10-week internship with the University of North Georgia’s Department of Physical Therapy, where they were mentored by graduate level students.

“It was certainly a very different experience than what I am used to, but it was very eye opening,” Rege said. “I want to go into the medical field, and this helps me learn what I’m going to be doing to further my education to pursue that.”

The students went to the university once a week for four hours and split time learning and applying palpation methods, or using hands to feel injuries or other issues.

“The first two hours were just palpation lab, which, using a textbook they told us to get, we felt and found different bones in our body and different tendons,” Rege said. “Then for the next two hours, it was either a lecture or the cadaver lab, which was dissecting [human bodies].”
Bhave said working with the bodies was a new experience and that he learned a lot.

“I had never seen [a] cadaver before,” he said. “It was a really breathtaking experience to actually get to see a dead body in front of you and get to interact with it and get to apply what you learned in the palpitations on an actual person. It’s [a] once in a lifetime experience, especially for a high school student.”

Bhave and Rege were joined by students from Alpharetta and Johns Creek high schools, all of whom were invited after meeting the dean of UNG’s College of Health Sciences and Professions, Teresa Conner-Kerr, at the Georgia Thrombosis Forum.

“We wanted to move beyond community engagement to give high school students a chance to gain knowledge and experience that is very difficult to find before graduate school,” she said in a news release. “These 10 weeks will greatly inform the choices these students make for their schooling and their careers, which is very valuable at this stage of their lives.”

Both South juniors said they plan to pursue careers in health care and that the program gave them experience beyond that of most high school students.

“It really opened a lot of options for me, depending on where I want to go in the future,” Bhave said. “Now that I got to interact and see what it’s like in physical therapy, it kind of gives me exposure and narrows down my options to where I possibly want to go to as a career in the future, as a high school student.”