Friday, August 2, 2013

A curiosity about health care



MENTORING IN MEDICINE: Students participate in physical therapy exercises.


Thirteen middle school students from the Greater Boston YMCA Teen Achievers Summer Program spent this week visiting health care facilities throughout Boston, stopping first at the MGH.

The MGH Office of Training and Workforce Development organized the July 29 event with help from recipients of the YMCA Achievers Program award, which recognizes multicultural employees for their community service and work performance. Honorees Tammy Pham, image service representative in Imaging, and Jessie Elston, insurance rehabilitation specialist in the Department of Physical Therapy, volunteered as hosts for their units.

“Working with youth and communities is one of my passions,” Elston said. “This program gives these teenagers opportunities they otherwise wouldn’t have, to learn from specialists and to discover who they are and what they want to become.”

Students with an interest in health care were given the opportunity to participate in the tour. “This is a good way to find out what I’m interested in, what types of careers are out there and to gain new knowledge,” said Neil Prioleau, 14.

Fellow eighth-graders Jalieen Baptista and Agnes Ugogi already have possible career choices in mind. “I might want to be a doctor to find a cure for cancer,” said Baptista.

“This may help me figure out what I want to do when I grow up,” added Ugogi. “I’m thinking I want to be a plastic surgeon or a psychologist.”

The event kicked off with a visit to the Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation and culminated with a discussion about handling stress presented by guest speaker Rana Chudnofsky, director of the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine.

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