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Marcus High School M.E.D.S Club Welcomes Guest Speakers

Organization members hear real-world experiences from professionals in the community.

Dr. Sanderson in the operating room. Marcus High School’s M.E.D.S Club, a student organization for future medical professionals, recently welcomed Dr. Drew Sanderson as the guest speaker for the club’s first speaker event of the school year. 

Dr. Sanderson is a Board-Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, and is also a Combat Veteran and Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Reserves. He has been deployed to countries and regions such as Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kuwait. At the speaking event, Dr. Sanderson described his journey to becoming a doctor and shared with the students a slideshow of techniques that he uses in his practice.

 “I really enjoyed having the opportunity to hear Dr. Sanderson speak about his practice,” Tori Petersheim, M.E.D.S Club member, said. 

Petersheim said that through the speaking event, she learned about different types of plastic surgery available, some she didn’t know as much about, such as reconstructive plastic surgery. 

“He also showed us some pictures of his work, and those before-and-after shots were absolutely incredible,” she said. “Plastic reconstructive surgery will never cease to amaze me.”

 Another event attendee Maggie Moore agreed with Petersheim.

“I really appreciate how confident and outgoing he was, even in these hectic times,” Moore said. “I enjoyed hearing him present and it only grew my passion for the medical field.”

M.E.D.S. Club meets the second and fourth Monday of the month after school in the MHS library. The club also recently hosted another guest speaker, LISD TECC-West forensic science and law enforcement teacher, Catherine Murphy, who specializes in criminal justice and forensic science.