Friday, August 23, 2013

Summer Jobs program creates opportunities for next generation of health leaders


PRIDE-FILLED PROGRAM: Omar Janoudi, who graduated from East Boston High School in the spring, shares a smile during the celebration.

More than 200 young people, many dressed in hospital scrubs, filled the Starr Center on Aug. 14 to celebrate the end of the 23rd MGH Summer Jobs program. The annual event honored high school and college students who participated in the six-week educational and mentoring experience – overseen by the Center for Community Health Improvement – and the MGH staff who supervised them.

“We hope that you take back to your classrooms your interest in science and health experienced during your tenure at MGH. We need you, and we look forward to seeing many of you next year,” said MGH President Peter L. Slavin, MD.

Hermioni Lokko, MD, MPP, a second-year resident in the MGH/McLean Psychiatry Residency Program, served as the event’s keynote speaker. Born in Ghana, Lokko received her bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and her graduate public policy and medical degrees from Harvard. In her remarks, Lokko stressed the importance of believing in one’s capacity to succeed. “Success is attainable, regardless of your background,” she said.

During the event, Doris Dewing, a supervisor in Laboratory Support Services, and Kris Klincewicz, supervisor of Patient Transport, Specimen Pickup and Equipment Services, were recognized for their contributions to the program. Also honored were Mike Rubin and Valeria Lowe-Barhami, the principals of East Boston High and the Timilty Middle schools respectively, who were praised for their leadership and partnership with the MGH. 

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