“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” Confucius may have offered this advice with high school students in mind, as they start to uncover their passions and discover the wealth of rewarding possibilities for their future.
Students who are eager to explore careers in healthcare may not realize the many opportunities available to them, or the career paths that continue to emerge in this fast-growing industry. The best way for students to learn about these careers is to talk to people who work in healthcare, to witness firsthand their environment and what exactly these jobs entail. Winthrop’s career programs give high school students the opportunity to do just that.
Joseph Greco, MD, Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology at Winthrop, performs a demonstration in the Operating Room. Barbara Fischer, RN, Clinical Informatics Education Coordinator at Winthrop, demonstrates Winthrop’s bar-coded electronic medication administration system and discusses the growing field of Clinical Informatics with Massapequa High School students during a recent Healthcare Career Fair.
Winthrop’s Explorers Program
Winthrop’s Explorers Program provides students with opportunities to participate in practical and meaningful hands-on experiences while developing leadership skills that they can take with them to college. The program is open to all high school students and currently serves nearly 75 students from Massapequa, Mineola, Garden City and Baldwin.
“Winthrop’s educational programs allow students the opportunity to participate in valuable learning experiences and discover what careers excite them outside of the traditional classroom. Students are given the opportunity to interact with healthcare professionals at all levels, forming valuable relationships, and gaining insight into what they do on a daily basis,” said Diane Bachor, Director of Grants and Special Projects at Winthrop, who organizes the program alongside Anthony Calio, MD, Attending Physician in the Department of Internal Medicine and Physician Advisor to Winthrop’s Explorers. “Several students have gone on to pursue careers in healthcare because of their experience in these programs.”
Explorers visit Winthrop one evening per month during the school year to meet different healthcare professionals throughout the Hospital. Physicians and other healthcare professionals take the students to the areas in which they work and teach them about different careers in their discipline. During one recent Explorers meeting, Scott Schubach, MD, Chairman of the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, and Joseph Greco, MD, Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology, discussed opportunities in the fields of cardiology, anesthesiology and surgery. The students participated in interactive demonstrations in one of Winthrop’s Operating Rooms.
The medical field truly comes to life for students through these hands-on activities and personal interactions. As one student recently wrote, “I thought the OR demonstration was very cool. It was interesting to see the equipment that is used. I liked this meeting because the doctors actually ran through some of the standard procedures.” Other highlights for Winthrop’s Explorers throughout the year include healthy cooking demonstrations with Kevin Marzo, MD, Chief of the Division of Cardiology, and interactive visits to departments including the Pharmacy, Radiology, Hyperbaric Medicine, Information Technology, Pathology, and the Emergency Department. Explorers also benefit from meeting with Winthrop residents, young doctors who discuss with students what it is like to apply and go through medical school.
Barbara Fischer, RN, Clinical Informatics Education Coordinator at Winthrop, demonstrates Winthrop’s bar-coded electronic medication administration system and discusses the growing field of Clinical Informatics with Massapequa High School students during a recent Healthcare Career Fair.
Winthrop’s Career Academy
Winthrop also offers a Career Academy in collaboration with Massapequa High School. The Academy, also led by Ms. Bachor, begins with a leadership luncheon at which various Winthrop employees share valuable insights about their job and career path. Virtually every aspect of the Hospital is represented, from Human Resources and Marketing to clinical areas such as Cardiology, Clinical Informatics, Neuroscience, Sleep Disorders, Oncology and Research. Students interact with nurse practitioners, physician assistants, respiratory therapists, physical therapists and administration. Throughout the year, students visit different areas of the Hospital on a bi-monthly basis. In May, students give a presentation on what they have learned to the Hospital’s executives.
“Winthrop’s Career Academy provides students with a wonderful opportunity to learn about different career opportunities in healthcare,” said Michael Ammazzalorso, MD, Winthrop’s Chief Medical Officer and Physician Advisor to Winthrop’s Career Academy. “Often, knowledge about healthcare careers comes from personal or family experiences or from television programs which may or may not reflect reality. This program has provided students with direct access to practitioners and venues, expanding their awareness and consequently their options for a healthcare-based career.”
Indeed, Winthrop’s Career Academy has led many students to explore careers in healthcare that they previously may not have considered. One student recently wrote, “I felt that I learned a lot about different careers and opportunities in fields that I did not even know existed. I’m looking forward to finding out what interests me most.”
Additional activities throughout the year include an orthopaedic conference spearheaded by James Capozzi, MD, Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Winthrop, where students are invited to participate as mock patients, as well as career fairs held at Winthrop.
For more information about Winthrop’s high school career programs, call 1-866-WINTHROP.
Vol. 22, No. 1
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