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Student documentary focuses on South MS health care history


By Danielle Thomas – bio | email

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - South Mississippi's future health care workers say they're inspired after hearing what previous generations did to pave the way for them.

Recently Ocean Springs High School students interviewed a dozen retired doctors, nurses, and others medical professionals about the history of medicine in our area. Once the documentary was complete, the students shared their thoughts on where healthcare has been and where it's headed.

Right now, they are Allied Health students. But already they are looking to become the next generation of healthcare providers.

"I would love to become an optometrist," said Karina Moore, a junior. "Just help people."

Students involved in the Ocean Springs Oral History Project spent hours interviewing more than a dozen retired  healthcare professionals. The conversations helped the teens better understand what it takes to practice medicine.

Sophomore Allison Stennis said, "We learned not just what they did in the hospital, but what they did to get there, like the school they went to. The experience they experienced."

"It inspired me a lot," said Halie Caldwell, a sophomore. "It just makes you think how awesome technology is and how far we've come."

Ian Coate, who is a junior, said one interview in particular stuck out in his mind.

"We had one physician that we interviewed that was actually present for the first ever heart transplant," Coate said. "I don't think anybody that has ever met him actually knew that."

With reform on the horizon, the students say they are also looking ahead wondering what healthcare will look like by the time they're ready to enter the profession.

Sophomore Toni Anniduvernay said, "I think it's better because more people can get help. The way it used to be, if you had cancer, your insurance company could drop you. Now everybody can get help and it's just better."

"I'm not a big fan of the healthcare reform, but I guess it could be worse," said Coate. "As long being a doctor doesn't turn into a government job entirely, I think we will be alright."

The students say talking to the older generation taught them that with hard work, they too can achieve their goals. Instructor Judy Dalgo said she plans to take some of the Allied Health Students on a trip to Washington, D.C. on Saturday.

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