Internships are often the best way to learn new skills outside of the traditional school setting. Internships are also valued by employers and can improve an overall resume which leads to more students applying for internships before or during their college years.
Mercy Hospital-Ardmore partners with schools as well as the HFV Wilson Community Center to attract students that may be interested in the Teen Shadow program. Marcus High, community health and access coordinator for Mercy Hospital-Ardmore, sends out applications to all school counselors to reach more students and goes to the high schools to talk about the program. The applications are also posted on the Mercy Health Facebook page every year. This year there are 20 Teen Shadow student interns from area schools including Lone Grove, Dickson, Wilson, Plainview, Ardmore, and one from Highland Park, Texas.
“We want to make sure the students get the education that they need in order to succeed,” said High.
Lauren Marshall, Plainview High School student, said, “Marcus came to my high school to speak about the program and I was very interested because I wanted to have the opportunity to see what all happens inside of hospitals. I have learned so many different things throughout this program but what I enjoyed learning most was nuclear medicine. I am unsure about what I want to pursue for my future career but this program has helped me specify what I want to do in the medical field.”
Caelan Konganda, a student from Highland Texas, said, “ A family friend told me about the program and I applied because I am interested in medicine. I have learned a lot throughout this program but my favorite part was being able to see surgery and surgery prep. This program has helped me to know what I find interesting so I can focus on that during medical school.”
The program is held annually from June through July on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Everyday the Teen Shadow interns arrive at 9 a.m. and shadow a certain department until 11 a.m. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. they listen to a guest speaker during lunch and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. they move to a different department. The program allows the students to experience all 15 departments multiple times to help them further their knowledge.
“We are here to serve the community, but we are also here to serve the future physicians by teaching them what they will need to know,” High said.
For more information about applying for the Teen Shadow Program next year, talk to school counselors or applications are available on the Mercy Health Facebook page.