Friday, February 27, 2009

Me and my shadow

BRIGHT SHADOWS: From left, Amelia Henning, CNM, MSN, of the MGH Midwifery Practice, with student Gaelle Pierre

The MGH recently hosted 52 students from Boston Public Schools as a part of its 14th annual Job Shadow Day, sponsored by the MGH Center for Community Health Improvement in partnership with the Boston Private Industry Council. Students from East Boston High and Health Careers Academy were paired with individuals from MGH departments such as Buildings and Grounds, the Cancer Center, the Emergency Department, Human Resources, Information Systems and Internal Medicine.

The students' MGH hosts related worksite experience to learning at school, emphasizing the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, while providing the students with first-hand experience of the health care field. Shadowing their hosts, students attended meetings, rounds or patient visits and assisted patients or customers. MGH employees explained the skills, responsibilities, education and training required for employment in the health care setting, while students were able to identify possible career interests, understand the connection between education and employment, and learn how to interact and behave in a professional environment.

"What a great experience I had with my student," said Kathleen Selleck, RN, of Radiation Oncology. "She was a terrific guest and I hope she enjoyed it. The staff here opened their arms to her, and I was touched by the receptiveness of my coworkers." 

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