Wednesday, February 1, 2012


65 departments take part this year--Nearly 40 percent more than 2011

BOSTON February 1, 2012—In two days, 80 Boston high school students will learn about the latest in patient treatments and therapies, explore state-of-the art clinical laboratories, observe  ground-breaking research in tissue regeneration and the development of an HIV/AIDS vaccine. They will experience what it’s like to work in a hospital famous for world-class medical care, research, education, and community health improvement during MGH’s 17th annual National Job Shadow Day on Friday, February 3.

The majority of the students come from Mass General’s partner high schools, East Boston High School and the Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers.

The Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard will participate in National Job Shadow Day, its second year. Nine staff members will host six Boston students who will explore multiple labs working on how the human immune system fights infections and learn more about the administrative and clinical operations of the Institute. Dr. Sylvie Le Gall, an assistant professor in medicine and scientist Alicja Trocha are spearheading this event at the Institute. “The Ragon Institute is dedicated to education and outreach. We want to make research open to young students to attract them to research and health care professions,” said Dr. Le Gall.

Of the 65 host departments and centers at Mass General, 25 are new participants in National Job Shadow Day this year. The Center for Regenerative Medicine will host five students this year, the first year the Center has participated in the program. The Center’s work focuses on regenerating damaged tissue. For Center administrator director David Machon, National Job Shadow Day is just one of the ways his department works with Boston youth. “We have hosted a summer intern and provided tours to MGH Youth Scholars because we believe there’s great value in providing educational opportunities in the health and science field for youth, diverse in both race and gender.”

 About MGH Youth Programs

Boston youth face many barriers to success in life. About three-quarters of Boston Public School students qualify for free and reduced lunch, a key indicator of poverty. These programs create a pathway out of poverty for these young people, which is critical to improving health status.  The programs also help MGH to develop a more diverse workforce, a key strategy in addressing disparities in health. Through its STEM Clubs, Senior STEM Clubs, MGH Youth Scholars and Alumni Program, MGH provides exposure to STEM careers to more than 450 Boston youth every year in grades 3 through college.

 About the Center for Community Health Improvement (CCHI)

CCHI carries out its work in Chelsea, Revere, and Charlestown, where MGH has maintained healthcare centers for more than 40 years, as well as in Boston among youth, homeless persons and seniors. CCHI has partnered with the communities it serves to assess needs and create more than 35 programs that:

  • Reduce and prevent substance abuse 
  • Tackle the obesity epidemic by increasing access to healthy food and physical activity
  • Increase access to care for vulnerable populations such as immigrants and refugees, seniors, and homeless people
  • Prevent cancers through early detection and screening
  • Generate interest in science and health careers among youth


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