Bakersfield high school students solve medical mystery simulation

High school students from the Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce's Youth Leadership Development Program took part in a simulated health emergency on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

Some local high school students got quite the surprise on a field trip Wednesday.

When the students arrived at the Kern County Public Health (KCPH) building, they immediately got assigned to solving a medical mystery involving multiple patients with a simulated illness.

The students are part of the Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce's Youth Leadership development program which shows students potential careers around the city.

The students had to do quite a bit of investigating to find out what was causing this mass medical emergency. They interviewed patients, did site visits, and collected samples, all without having to leave the KCPH building.

It's a program KCPH does every year in partnership with the Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce and according to Matt Constantine, the director of KCPH, it's important for the city's future.

"This is a great opportunity for us to expose the next and upcoming leaders in our community on what we do at public health," Constantine said.

Constantine hopes events like these will encourage youth to pursue medically related careers right here in Kern County.

Something local student Sean Beardsley says he'll consider after having such a great time during the interactive and hands on simulation today.

“I didn’t really know what to expect, so, this was perfect. This was one of the best field trips I’ve been on,” Beardsley said.

Lastly, the moment the students had been working towards all day – the answer to the medical mystery: e. coli found on romaine lettuce that all the patients had consumed.

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