Gamers make good cardiologists??

 Dr. Andrew Ho, Cardiologist.

Dr. Andrew Ho, Cardiologist.

 Medical stent used in coronary surgery.

Medical stent used in coronary surgery.

That was one of the messages Dr. Andrew Ho drove home to the students on his recent visit to Ms. Aracelli's STEM students at Corona High. The advances in medicine mean less hand contact with the patient and increased use of robotics and video screens for procedures. Dr. Ho, who works at Temecula Valley Hospital came with props - an actual stent used to thread through the artery to reach the heart, a process which can now be done through the wrist instead of the groin (which everyone agreed sounded a lot less scary!).  Dr. Ho told the students he didn't know what he wanted to be when he grew up and ended up in medical school simply because a friend was going! Once there, however, he realized that he wanted to become a cardiologist, even though he almost passed out during his first operation at a volunteer clinic. "I had to get over it and I had to stay motivated. You can't master Mother Nature, but you can always get better -- but you need drive to be better." We want to thank Dr. Ho for taking time from his busy schedule to speak to our students.