Monday, April 17, 2017
by Scott Beck
BJSPH | As a clinical engineer with BJC for 22 years, David Miller had answered a lot of questions about his job. But until he volunteered to share his expertise at a recent STEM Night at Progress South Elementary School in the Fort Zumwalt School District, he had never been asked burning questions that second-graders think about.
“How much money do you make?” one child asks.
Miller deftly and politely answers the child’s question by emphasizing that there are more important things about his job than money, like job security, for example.
“My goal was to make the students aware that there’s more to the health care field than doctors and nurses,” Miller says. “I wanted to demonstrate to them that jobs on the technology side are equally important to patient care.”
Miller brought samples of some of the equipment he works on, like a ventilator and test lung, which drew a lot of interest from the families in attendance.
“The parents also had a lot of fun with the pulse oximeter,” Miller says. “It was fun seeing them as interested as their children were in the equipment.”
He explained to the families that his job isn’t just about repairing medical equipment in a timely fashion, but that it also includes performing preventive maintenance to try to keep things running smoothly at all times.
Miller also directed children who showed a special interest in his work to load up in STEM-related classes, which represents the academic disciplines of science, technology, engineering and math.
“The advice I gave the students was to get a strong background in math, anatomy, physiology and electronics,” Miller says. “And, as with all jobs, good communication skills are very important.”
Miller says he enjoyed working the BJC booth at the school, and looks forward to future opportunities to educate the next generation of health care workers.
“Events like these are important,” he says. “We want to continue to get our name out there and help kids realize the variety of positions in health care.”
“I think we opened up a lot of eyes to a whole new field.”
Scott Beck, firstname.lastname@example.org
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4/17/2017 4:20 PM
Great Job David! I love how BJC and its Team Members always take advantage of every opportunity to engage and educate our youth...
4/20/2017 11:25 AM
Good Work!! helping kids to realize the variety of occupations available in a hospital.setting.
4/24/2017 1:32 AM
Good for you Dave, thinking of the next generation of Scientists and Engineers! I especially enjoyed reading the sharing of your values and wisdom by explaining that there is more to a career than the money!
Many of us who work with you, admire your dedication, and total commitment, keeping our departments' equipment running so smoothly, smiling all the way.
Seems like you are a natural teacher, Dave. Thanks for volunteering your time and expertise representing our BJC family so patiently and expertly.