Four high school seniors spent the final month of their school year exploring their interest in the field of medicine at the MGH. The students – three from Newton Country Day School and one from The Windsor School – were exposed to several different areas of medicine through a monthlong job shadowship from April 30 - May 31.

Charlotte Moynihan and Allison Poussaint followed schedules organized by Laura Riley, MD, vice chair for Obstetrics, that gave them insight into Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine; Cardiology; Emergency Medicine; Orthopedics; Neurosurgery; General Medicine; simulation exercises and Midwifery. In a fun revelation, one of the doctors who Poussaint shadowed at the MGH – Michael Greene, MD, chief of Obstetrics – is the same doctor who delivered her when she was born.

Michele O’Hara, RN, nursing director on the Obstetrics Nursing Service, set up nurse preceptors to guide the other two students, Vinou Val and Clara Parsons, as their primary interest lies in nursing. “These kids were great, this was such a fun experience both for them and us,” Riley says. “I think it’s so important to mentor young women with an interest in medicine. We can’t start recruitment early enough!”

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