Saturday, November 5, 2011

Read about Corey Williams' summer internship in the Radiology Department of Mass General

MGH Summer Alumni Program



Every year for the past two decades Massachusetts General Hospital 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 Corey Williams of Dorchester, an alumnus of East Boston High School and a student at Bunker Hill Community College. Corey participated in MGH Youth Programs’ Alumni Summer Program. Students applied to 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. Corey is pursuing an associate’s degree in radiation technology.

What was your MGH internship this summer?

My internship this summer was in the Radiology Department where I assisted physicians and technologists during examinations.  I prepared the equipment, and I helped the x-ray technician position each patient a certain way for their exam.

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

When I started the high school internship, I didn’t know what to expect as this was my first experience in a hospital setting. Everything was new to me, and I learned my responsibilities over time. It was through my high school internships that I became interested in learning more about careers in the health field. When I was selected to participate in the Alumni Summer Program, I had a better idea of what I was going to be doing in the hospital. I was placed in the Radiology Department as this is my field of study at Bunker Hill Community College.  

Why are you studying radiology?

I’m studying radiology because that’s something I’m very interested in. I really enjoyed what I learned from my internship experience. I’m learned a lot about radiology this summer because I had the chance to get hands-on experience, and the technicians were very helpful to me.

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

One important lesson I will take back to my studies this fall is to take your time. You don’t need to rush. I think when you take your time, you learn more because your mind is focused on what you are doing in the moment. Another important lesson is to stay on top of what needs to be completed and the timeline. When I stay on top of my homework and study for tests, I get good grades. Be sure to keep the timeline in mind, because you don’t want to miss something important.

What advice would you give to students in the MGH Youth Programs as they consider a health or science course of study in college?

I will tell them that the health field provides great opportunities as it relates to their future careers and fields of study in college. I would advise them to explore as many jobs as possible while they are in high school to get a better understanding of what degrees/careers they want to pursuit. I would also recommend that they use the tools and resources that will provide them with more details on what the educational background requirements are for various careers.

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

My favorite part of the internship was re-engaging with my friends who were also part of the MGH High School program. I was also able to meet new people and see a few old friends I knew in middle school. I like that so many of us are staying connected to the hospital and are interested in pursuing careers in health care. The internship this summer also provided me with opportunities to learn new things through the guest speaker meetings and workshops, and I was placed in a great department.

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