Friday, February 19, 2010

Students explore health care field during MGH Shadow Day

HANDS-ON LEARNING: From left, Goslin and Greenwald with patient Alexander Schettino

Beyond a shadow of a doubt, the 15th annual MGH Job Shadow Day was a great success. More than 60 students from local schools and hosts from across the hospital participated in the Feb. 2 event, which was sponsored by the MGH Center for Community Health Improvement (CCHI) in partnership with the Boston Private Industry Council.

"Job Shadow Day exemplifies one of the four pillars of the hospital's mission, 'to improve the health and well-being of the diverse communities we serve,'" says Tracy Stanley, a senior program manager for CCHI. "We were thrilled to have had such a wonderful turnout at this year's event."

At the start of their day, the students and MGH hosts met in the O'Keeffe Auditorium. They then traveled to their hosts' department, where students observed or participated in the MGHers’ daily activities, experiencing hands-on what working in health care is like.

"Job Shadow Day reminded me of shadowing a physician when I was in high school -- an experience I've never forgotten," says Jeffrey Greenwald, MD, of MGH Medicine, who hosted Kadeajah Goslin, a student at the Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers. "Kadeajah's enthusiasm for being in the hospital environment, meeting patients and discussing interesting issues made the whole event worthwhile and enjoyable for me. More importantly, I hope it was memorable and useful for her."

For more information about volunteer opportunities with MGH’s Youth Programs, contact Joan McCarthy at 617-724-3210.

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