High schoolers from Forsyth and Dawson County high schools were recently recognized for completing a 10-month emersion program with local health-care providers.
Northside Hospital Forsyth recently celebrated the 2019 Healthcare Explorer class, which was made up of 84 local students – 64 first-year students and 20 second-year students.
“This class was almost entirely sophomores and they were willing to sacrifice personal time after school in the evenings to explore careers in health care,” said Lynn Jackson, administrator at the hospital, in a news release. “The student enthusiasm was very rewarding for the hospital staff, who dedicated countless hours in support of the curriculum development and program deployment.”
Students in the program explored the behind-the-scenes of the hospital and several specialties, including surgery, women’s services, cardiology and rehabilitation.
“The most unique thing [about the program] is that the kids get hands-on, behind the scenes experiences with doctors, nurses, physical therapists and technicians,” said Kelli Buchwald, manager of community relations at Northside, in a news release. “It helps them visualize what’s possible for a career in health care.”
Starting next year, which will be the Explorer program’s 10th, the program will look at sports medicine and oncology. The hospital system also offers a lab rotation program for Lambert High School students and other specialized internships for students across the county.“The high level of interest by our students to pursue a career in health care should give us all pause to reflect on what is right with our school system and give us hope for the future,” Jackson said. “It is encouraging to know these students have their sights set on a caregiving career and they are not afraid to pursue their interest with an uncommon enthusiasm and dedication.”