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Medical explorers program helps teen get a jump on career

2014-05-15T00:00:00Z 2014-05-15T18:17:21Z Medical explorers program helps teen get a jump on careerKimberly Cheek-Stanley Times Correspondent
May 15, 2014 12:00 am  • 

Brett Detmar, 18, is getting a leg up on a career in the medical field as a member of the Northwestern Medical Explorers Program.

Sponsored by Northwestern Memorial Hospital, in Chicago, Detmar and his fellow explorers are mentored by hospital staffers and exposed to hands-on projects and guest speakers like Bernard Bendok, one of the nation’s top neurosurgeons.

“As part of the group, I am involved in community service opportunities, mentorship and networking, and am able to explore the different areas of health care. We have an ‘all-access pass’ to the hospital,” Detmar said.

The St. John teen will study human biology in college, and hopes to become a physician. “I’ve recently found that I’m passionate about emergency medicine and cardiology. I enjoy the fast pace, quick decision-making and the longterm benefits of the medical field,” he said.

“Being on the Medic al Explorers Team has confirmed my love for health care and allowed me to pursue it at a young age,” Detmar added

Detmar particularly enjoys working with medical students in the cadaver lab. “We work with a med student in small groups, and then actually explore the body. I got to see first-hand the lungs, tumors, organs, and was able to examine possible causes of death,” he said.

“We also used life-sized dummies to practice giving an emergency tracheotomy,” he added.

Detmar is the son of Ron and Denise Detmar, and is a senior at Illiana Christian High School in Lansing. He serves as captain of the Vikings varsity baseball team, and as a member of the debate and math teams. He is employed as an assistant maintenance manager at Sunset Harbor Condominiums in Cedar Lake.

He recently participated in the March for Life in Washington D.C. “The way abortion is being accepted more and more in the U.S., I felt that I could possibly be a voice for an unborn baby,” he said of his participation in the rally.

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