Former Student Now MD Returns to Talk with Students

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June 01, 2012

Dr. Aaron Arredondo, a recent graduate from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, went back to where it all began … a classroom in Battle Creek.

Dr. Arredondo, who grew up in Union City, spoke with a class of high school juniors who are enrolled in the 21st Century Health Careers course work offering advice and fielding questions about healthcare, the same program from which he graduated in 2003.

“If I were to offer any special advice,” he said, “it would be to make the most of the time you have in the classroom and when you are out ‘on rotation’ in the hospital setting.  This program prepared me well in my pursuit of a medical degree.”

The 21st Century program, initiated in 1996 by Battle Creek Health System (now Bronson Battle Creek), Calhoun Area Career Center, and Kellogg Community College, helps high school juniors and seniors develop career awareness by allowing them to work side-by-side skilled professionals.  In the health care initiative for example, students take course work at KCC, have clinical experience at BBC or in another community health care setting, and then go back into the CACC classroom to learn new skills between clinical rotations.

Over the past 16 years, more than 1,000 high school students began their health career courses in this nationally recognized program.

Battle Creek Health System, now proudly serving southwest Michigan as Bronson Battle Creek, is a 218-bed hospital that provides full outpatient and inpatient acute care including robotic surgery, diagnostics, and rehabilitation services; 100% all private rooms.  It also offers world-class diagnostic capabilities including PET/CT imaging, freestanding ‘open’ and traditional MRI, CT (16- and 64-slice), and 3.0 Tesla MRI.  Bronson Battle Creek has been recognized nationally as one of the safest hospitals, and has been a leader in the development of electronic health records as evidenced by multiple honors as one of America’s ‘most wired’ and ‘most wireless’ hospitals. The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons recognizes the Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program, and the only hospital in Michigan to receive the CoC’s Outstanding Achievement Award three times in a row. Specialty services include the county’s largest accredited sleep center and a wound-healing center with hyperbaric oxygen therapy.