Friday, March 21, 2014

Preparing for the future with Job Shadow Day

HANDS ON AT THE HOSPITAL: From left, Catricala shows an ultrasound machine to Christian, Marvin and Reda.

The MGH is a popular place for high school students seeking exposure to health careers, so in demand that Tracey Benner, coordinator of Youth Programs in the MGH Center for Community Health Improvement, decided to expand the hospital’s annual National Job Shadow Day into two days. On Jan. 31 and March 14, 100 students visited with 46 MGH staff members  in 31 departments for a glimpse into various careers at the hospital. “Job Shadow Day helps students gain awareness of the skills needed for certain jobs, identify career interests and understand the relevance of school-to-work and careers,” Benner said.

East Boston High School students Reda Darouanou, Marvin Landaverde and Christian Franco shadowed Joe Catricala, lead anesthesia technician in the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, during his morning on Gray 4. Catricala says he had participated in a job shadow program – following EMTs and nurses – when deciding on a career path and the experience played a key role in his decision to enter the medical field. He thoroughly enjoyed offering the opportunity to the next generation of health care professionals. “I was extremely impressed with the students’ questions and their willingness to learn all aspects of our work environment.” 

The Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine also provides jobs for students during the summer and a five-week curriculum for 10th- and 11th-graders in the MGH Youth Scholars Program during the school year. For more information about volunteer opportunities, contact Margo McGovern at

Read more articles from the 03/21/14 Hotline issue.


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