Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Read about Liz Centeio's summer job working in the Obstetrics Department at Mass General Hospital



MGH Summer Alumni Program



Every year for the past two decades Massachusetts General 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 Elizabeth Centeio of Dorchester, an alumna of the Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers and a student at UMass Boston. Liz participated in MGH Youth Scholars Alumni Summer Program. Students applied to this new program that provided alumni/graduates of the MGH High School Program with employment and networking opportunities as part of their continued learning and professional development. Liz is pursuing an undergraduate degree in pre-med.

What was your MGH internship this summer?

My MGH internship this summer was working in the obstetrics department. My primary role was to support the needs of the nurses, patients and their families. I regularly checked in on patients in the unit and reported progress back to the nurses as needed.

How did this experience differ from your MGH High School Program internship?

This experience was different than when I was interning in high school because I was given more hands-on experience than in the past. This summer I was exposed to more things, not only in my department, but also outside the department. For example, I was able to shadow the nurses in the Obstetrics Unit (post delivery) and physicians in the Labor & Delivery Room. I was also able to meet some of the senior management at the hospital and learn about their roles at the hospital through guest speaker luncheons that were part of the internship. I loved what I was doing in my internship this summer!  I realize that the hospital is where I want to work for the rest of my life.

Why are you studying pre-med?

I am studying pre-med because growing up I always wanted to be a doctor. Through my internship, I realize how much I love working in the hospital. I want to be able to provide care to those in need.

What are some of the important lessons you will take back to your studies this fall?

One important lesson I will take back with me this fall is the importance that hard work will play in accomplishing the goals I set for myself in getting what I want out of life. Also, I’ve learned the importance of never giving up because anyone can be who they want to no matter what obstacle is put in your way; you have to believe in yourself. Finally, I value the importance of networking and building strong connections with different individuals wherever you are because you never know who can help you in the future.

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?

DO NOT GIVE UP! You can do anything you put your mind to. Just make sure to study hard and think positive thoughts.

What was your favorite part of the internship/and or /Alumni Program and why? 

My favorite part of the internship, other than working for my department, was the workshops because I met many influential people and learned so much about their lives and the importance of education, and making your dreams and goals come true.

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