WHEELING – Teens typically spend their summers swimming, hanging out with friends, or working part-time. But Kaleb Trimmier, a sophomore at Wheeling Park High School, recently had the opportunity to travel to Johns Hopkins University and learn some medical techniques.
Trimmier participated in the National Youth Leadership Forum: Advanced Medicine & Health Care, which took place June 6-15 at the Johns Hopkins campus in Washington D.C.
The program is organized by Envision by WorldStrides, which creates opportunities for students to explore their interests and experience learning beyond the classroom.
“We did a plethora of things,” Trimmier said. “We had real hands-on activities. We reset fractures, we sutured, and we did all kinds of cool medical techniques.
“We had medical panels with professionals where we could ask questions. They told us stuff.
There were discussions about career specialization, about the different medical fields and what they entail, according to Trimmier.
“We were also certified with training in stopping bleeding, so if someone was bleeding, I could stop them,” he said.
Trimmier said being a doctor was something he had “always considered”
“It’s a very valuable position. Currently, there is a shortage of doctors and that is a problem,” he explained. “Doctors are vital to our lives. It’s their job. They make us live. They keep us healthy.
Trimmier said he had read a lot about the profession.
“It’s a very useful position, and I want to help as many people as possible,” he said. “It also involves an education in science and mathematics. It concerns my interests.
Trimmier is already thinking about colleges and considering Ivy League universities.
As for a medical specialization, the COVID-19 era inspired her interest in pathological diseases – how they change over time and can be treated.
“The COVID pandemic was a big disease, and I would like to study how these diseases work and how they can be fought. I would really like to try to prevent all the situations that the world was not ready to handle.
Trimmier said her interest in health — especially mental health — came from her parents. Her father, Rob Trimmier, is a mental health technician at WVU Medicine Reynolds Memorial Hospital. His mother, Katie Trimmier, meanwhile, is a special education teacher at Warwood School.
He is also grateful for the support he receives from his grandparents, Mark and Betsy Vieweg.
“My grandparents paid for most of the trip,” Trimmier explained. “They’re the ones who made this possible, and I really enjoyed that.”
But Trimmier’s interests are not limited to science, medicine and saving the world from disease.
He plays the piano and sings, and was a member of the WPHS choir last year. He will join the Young Patriots group this year.
“Most of the time I do it because I like to sing. I like the results,” Trimmier said. can identify me.