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Surgery center job shadow gives college student vision for the future

For college student Brendan Studebaker, one day at Meridian Surgery Center gave him a glimpse into his future. And he likes what he sees. "Shadowing the staff made me realize that I want to become a doctor for sure," said the University of Washington Tacoma Biomedical Sciences major. "Everyone was excited to be at work, they are all well educated and intelligent people, and I can tell they genuinely like to help and mend patients' lives."

Brendan, who lives in Puyallup, had the opportunity to watch Dr. Wright, as well as other physicians and medical staff in action with patients who allowed him to follow them through surgery.

YouTube videos and emergency surgery television has nothing on watching the real thing in person, he said. "I did end up getting queasy once, but that was the first time I had seen a part of someone outside of their body, and I still couldn't look away because of how awesome it was to really see inside the body first hand," said the 2014 Bonney Lake High School graduate.

The live action came with play-by-play analysis from the surgeon himself. "When Dr. Wright was operating on the patients, he would explain to me in detail everything that he was doing. The operations were all extremely informative and gave me a really good idea of how the surgery worked and why it was going to help the patient," said Brendan.

Besides learning that he indeed has stomach for surgery, Brendan got a taste for other roles in the surgery center and became more interested in anesthesiology. "The anesthesiologist showed me a lot about his job, and it really has me thinking about looking deeper into that area of surgery. Since then, I have been doing a lot of research on anesthesiology," he said.

It was the perfect way for Brendan to transition into his sophomore year, helping to confirm his academic path. "The job shadow was truly inspiring. I will definitely keep in contact with Dr. Wright over the course of my college career. I would love a chance to come back in and observe some more surgeries if possible. Thank you so much again for the opportunity to come in and explore my options and interests."