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Hospital holding program for high schoolers

Students must sign up by Friday

POSTED: August 23, 2012 11:00 a.m.
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Physical Therapist Amanda McCullough, left, helps Lambert students Jordan McKissock, center, and Kelsey Duttenhofer learn to use some of the tools during the most recent Northside Health Care Exploring Program.

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Forsyth County high school students are invited to take advantage of a unique learning experience through Northside Hospital.

The facility is again joining with the Learning for Life Healthcare Exploring Program to offer students in 10th through 12th grades a chance to take part in an eight-month course to learn about several different health care fields.

The program, which takes place once a month at Northside Hospital locations in Cumming, Alpharetta and Atlanta, features tours, lectures and hands-on training.

This is the third year for the program, which will focus on areas such as robotic surgery, radiology, cardiology, pharmacy, physical therapy and maternity and newborn services.

“With two years of Healthcare Exploring behind us, we hope to make this year’s program even more valuable and exciting for students,” said Kelli Buchwald, community relations manager at Northside.

She said the experience offers students the chance to learn about careers they may never have otherwise considered.

“I think the students who have participated in the past really liked the hands-on opportunities to actually try out the equipment and be in a real operating room and be in a real setting of a hospital,” she said.

“The Northside program is just unprecedented in the explorer realm because we really get them in to do the hands-on exercises with doctors, technicians and nurses. They’re right there in the thick of things where all the treatments are being done.”

All students interested in the program are required to attend a kickoff informational meeting Tuesday night at the Northside/Alpharetta Medical Campus. Buchwald said interested students should R.S.V.P. by 5 p.m. Friday.

Parents are also welcome to attend the meeting, which will include an overview of program curriculum, the application process and a question-and-answer session.

If accepted to the program, students will be responsible for a $100 fee, which covers registration, class materials, scrubs and graduation celebration.

Students are responsible for their own transportation to all class activities.


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