Planning Ahead: Internships Help Students Shape Health Careers

Doing our part to encourage young people to pursue careers in medicine, Simi Valley Hospital hosted four participants in the Los Angeles Pediatric Society Summer Medical Career Program in July 2007.

During the program, students shadowed physicians, nurses and technicians in various hospital departments to learn about their daily duties. The program’s goal is to give hands-on access to students so that they can better understand how a hospital functions and, ultimately, make a decision about which health career is best for them.

“I really enjoyed radiology,” said Amy Stacey, one of the participants and a recent high school graduate. “The technology is amazing, and the radiology staff work so well together and with other areas of the hospital.”

Stacey said she is interested in a number of health care fields, including orthopedics, emergency medicine and radiology.

Approximately 20 hospitals in Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Ventura counties served as teaching sites for this educational effort.

Pictured above: Amy Stacey (left) and Sara Wilmes-Reitz were among four students who came to Simi Valley Hospital in July as part of the Los Angeles Pediatric Society’s Summer Medical Career Program. Hands-on experience, such as this practice with a CPR dummy, gave participants an opportunity to learn more about health care careers so that they can choose a field of work that is most interesting to them. Stacey and Wilmes-Reitz, both graduates of Calabasas High School, started college this fall.

Fall 2007