WRAPPING IT UP: Members of the Neurology outpatient clinical quality team from left, Diego Mendez, research fellow and Lidia Moura, MD, along with summer college interns Jonathan Dejesus and Rogger Andrade
Students from the MGH Summer Jobs program said so long to summer and to six-weeks of summer jobs culminating with a celebration in the O’Keeffe Auditorium on Aug. 13. This year’s program provided paid summer employment for 183 high school and college students.
Keynote speaker Nathalee Kong, a second-year resident and physician at MGH Revere HealthCare Center, traced her path from Cambodia to Everett, Massachusetts, to UMass Medical School.
“If life went according to plan all the time, we would never develop the ability to adapt,” Kong said. “Making mistakes gives us the courage to try again.”
Kong described growing up in a country she barely knew and how she learned to react to life’s challenges by watching her mother work tirelessly to provide for her and her sister. Volunteer experiences eventually led her to a career in medicine.
“At the end of the day, all of my mistakes and each and every one of my experiences culminated in my decision to become a doctor,” she said. “For me, this career epitomizes the spirit of exploration, determination and lifelong learning.”
Following Kong’s speech, awards were presented to summer job participants including staff. MGH Information Desks, under the leadership of manager Michael Stone, received the Supervisor Award, along with the Neurology Department Outpatient Unit clinical quality team, under medical director Daniel Hoch, MD.
Student Awards went to East Boston High’s Mahmoud Hayek for initiative, Yohanna Perez, Timilty Middle School alumna, for influence and Jewell Duberry-Douglas, a recent graduate of Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers, for team work.
At the end of the ceremony, students were encouraged to take “selfies” and upload them to Instagram at #mghjobs4youth.
For more information about volunteering for MGH Youth programs, contact Margo McGovern at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617 724-3210.
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