Learning About Careers in Medicine & Life from the Best

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Students from Finley Middle School recently took a field trip to Johns Hopkins University Medical Center in Baltimore, MD to learn about careers in the medical field from one of the top neurosurgeons in the world.

Dr. Ben Carson, head pediatric neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins, conducted an inspiring lecture for students (pictured here), covering the wide variety of pathologies and cases in his profession, the requirements for admission into medical school, and the commitment needed to be successful. Dr. Carson encouraged students to take their studies very seriously and refrain from engaging in peer pressure and negative activities that adolescents often encounter. Raised in a tough neighborhood in Detroit, MI, Dr. Carson shared how he went from a struggling student in elementary school to his place in the medical field today. The Yale graduate cited how his turnaround began during the middle school years.

In 1987, Dr. Carson made medical history by becoming the first surgeon in the world to successfully separate Siamese twins conjoined at the back of the head, leading a 70-member surgical team during the 22-hour operation.

 “Learning and seeing how Dr. Carson successfully separated two babies conjoined at the head was interesting and motivating,” said Finley student Harrison Israel. “I am sure if he can accomplish such things, I can too, if I think big.”