Sisk starts a medical career in eighth-grade
May 27, 2006
It started out as a required project for the National Honors Society in eighth grade.
Nearly three years later, Charlie Sisk is still volunteering his time at the People’s Health Clinic.
A sophomore at Park City High School, Sisk knew exactly what he wanted to do when he first stepped into the clinic.
"Even then I knew I wanted to go to medical school," he said.
At the clinic he acts as a medical assistant and helps the other volunteers. He also enters lab work from charts into an electronic database.
Wednesday and Thursday Sisk works from 3 to 9 p.m. and he also comes in on Mondays and Fridays to help with the paperwork.
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Wendy Vasquez, who works with Sisk at the clinic, said Sisk is a huge asset because his experience has made him familiar with all of their procedures, how to make referrals and familiarity with where the medical supplies are kept.
"It’s interesting, I like it," he said. "I enjoy it and it’s a good learning experience."
His goal is to make it into a big medical school, such as Stanford and he would ultimately like to practice medicine on the East or West Coast. He said he has even considered going abroad to work.
Sisk explained the clinic offers prenatal care and referrals to obstetricians. They also have a hypertension diabetes clinic where they provide testing and supplies, the family clinic they have offered in the past will start back up in July.
He said one thing everyone in Park City should know about the clinic is that, "it’s here and we are providing good health care and we need help from the community."
Sometimes it’s hard for people to take him seriously because he’s so young and noted that not many 16 year olds are in a position similar to his.
"I don’t think there are many high school students that do this or have the opportunity to do this," he said. "Here I get more responsibilities and am treated like an adult," he said.
With recent immigration issues making the news, Sisk said he values the diversity of Park City.
"I just think it’s ridiculous for people to come here and not have health care," he said.
Sisk typically works with Vasquez, Martha Hernandez and her 12 year old son Eric who helps around the office.
"He’s a really smart kid, he’s a big asset to the clinic," Vasquez said.