In this edition of Medical News Now, medical students and their families get to know the work they do.
(Published Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2018)Medical students and other health care workers work the Golden Gates Bridge, where they walk, walk, and do everything from driving to installing equipment.
Medical students have been a constant presence at the bridge for decades.
Many have been involved in the medical field since they were children, and they say it’s been a very important part of their lives.
“We’re not here to go up to the bridge and say, ‘Let’s get out of here,’ and that’s kind of what we do here,” said Dr. Jennifer Gentry, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at UC Davis.
“It’s really important for our students to have a place to go, a place where they can be seen and heard,” she said.
In recent weeks, medical student volunteers have been making the bridge their home.
The bridge was closed in late September because of a new bridge collapse.
In addition to providing medical services, medical workers have also helped in other ways.
In a video posted on YouTube, an ambulance driver was able to retrieve a person who had fallen from a bridge overpass and was stuck in traffic.
Another medical worker is shown driving the injured man to a hospital where he received treatment and released.
In the video, a group of medical students, a nurse, a doctor, and a paramedic can be heard talking over each other.
“I’m glad I’m here, because I want to be here every day,” said one student in the video.
“I really appreciate you guys doing this for us,” the nurse said.
“This is what we are here for.”