Monday, November 7, 2011

Kacthary Sanclemente was a Medical Assistant this summer at Mass General. Read her story.

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 Kacthary Sanclemente of East Boston and Boston College, who participated in MGH Youth Scholars Alumni Summer Program. This new program provided alumni/graduates of the MGH High School Program and Posse Scholars with employment and networking opportunities as part of their continued learning and professional development. Kacthary is studying nursing.

What was your MGH internship this summer?

I was a Medical Assistant in the outpatient cancer center.

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

This summer I was able to work directly with patients. I was more focused on providing good patient care. I am no longer involved in the administrative aspects of my department.

 Why are you studying nursing?

When I first entered college, I planned to become a doctor and was in the pre-med track. But during my first semester, I felt something was missing and was unhappy with my major. My roommate at the time was a nursing student, and she sparked in me an interest in that field. I soon realized that what I wanted was more patient contact. and I quickly decided to switch majors and have been happy ever since.     

I am currently a nursing student at Boston College, and hope to become a nurse practitioner once I receive my Bachelors degree in May 2013.

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

I have learned to appreciate and respect every individual’s role within a hospital. I have witnessed just how important it is to work as a team because everyone’s input is equally important when providing quality patient care. It is through communication that problems are solved and goals are met.   

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?

My best advice is to be passionate about what you decided to do. It is not all about the money or what someone else sees you doing because it is something that potentially you will be doing for the rest of your life. When it comes to working with patients, they feed off one’s vibe and if one’s miserable within the health field, they too can sense it. I find myself coming to work everyday because I love seeing patients. And although the reasons for why they come in are not what I would want for them, I’m glad to know that I can be there for them on their journey.

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

I mostly enjoyed being on the floor and seeing my patients come in. Although I am not their nurse or physician, I use the word “my” because, from the minute they stepped into the exam room, I knew that I would never forget any one of them as I saw most of them on a weekly basis. I do admit that it was hard seeing some of them not get better, but in my field of study, this is something I have to learn to deal with and I am glad I am learning early.

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