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Wednesday, November 9, 2011
MGH Summer Alumni Program
Every year for the past two decades Massachusetts General Hospital has inspired hundreds of Boston youth who are interested in health and science careers with activities and employment opportunities. MGH is committed to expanding the horizons of these young people as a health improvement strategy as well as a workforce development strategy. We know that educational attainment is highly correlated with economic status the largest predictor of health status.
MGH Center for Community Health Improvement provides 420 youth (grades 3 through college) with academic, life, and career skills that expand and enhance their educational and career options through activities related to science, technology, engineering and math. These activities enable exploration and skill development through experiences and relationships related to health and science subjects and careers. The Center also engages families across all programs.
Meet Marta Guerrero, an alumna of East Boston High School and student at Bryn Mawr College. Marta participated in MGH Youth Scholar Alumni Summer Program. This new program provided alumni/graduates of the MGH High School Program and Posse Scholars with employment and networking opportunities as part of their continued learning and professional development. Marta is pursuing an undergraduate degree, and is undecided about her major.
What was your MGH internship this summer?
This summer I worked in the GI Endoscopy Unit My primary role was to be the liaison between patients and families in the waiting room, keeping them apprised of the patients’ progress post procedure.
How did this experience differ from your MGH High School Program internship?
This internship differed from the MGH summer program because I was able to see more of the behind-the-scenes of what goes on in the unit. Also, as a college intern I had more interactions with the patients.
What are you studying?
I am undecided, but I am considering becoming a mathematics major, with a minor in Latin American studies and Pre-Med/Health concentration.
What are some of the important lessons you will take back to your studies this fall?
One important lesson that I will take back with me in the fall is communication. It is important to ask questions and stay in contact with people that have mentored me. I think it’s good to let people know what you’re interested in, and then follow up to see if new opportunities have arisen.
What advice would you give to students in the MGH Youth Scholars Program as they consider a health or science course of study in college?
The advice I would give to students considering health or science as a course of study in college is to stay focused and to not get discouraged. The first semester is tough, but as long as you ask for help and stay focused, things will work out. I would also suggest that students be open minded when considering careers in the medical field. Students should communicate and begin to set up their support networks, identify mentors and stay connected.
What is your favorite part of the internship/and or /Alumni Program and why?
My favorite part of the internship was being able to communicate with those around me. I am undecided as to what career in the medical field I would like to pursue, and everyone around me has been great at offering suggestions and/or connecting me with others who may be able to offer guidance. I have also enjoyed the additional workshops that we attended. We learned strategies for effective networking and explored possible continuing education options.
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