Bright and talented students fill our area schools and Regional West Medical Center would like to interest some of those students in the field of medicine and other health related careers.
Our shadow program pairs the student with a professional while introducing them to the career of their choice. They spend time experiencing firsthand the day-to-day responsibilities, tasks, and challenges of the healthcare field. After completing a one-time, one-hour-long mandatory privacy training, the students are typically allowed anywhere in the hospital including the nursing units, emergency department, Rehab Center, radiology, and other patient care areas. Students who have graduated from high school are even allowed to observe surgery.
This is a wonderful way for the student to determine if a medical career is actually for them, and often presents even more alternatives. The student is encouraged to ask questions, not only about the work, but also the education requirements for that specific position. Our staff is more than happy to answer any questions you may have.
Patient confidentiality is of utmost importance, and is discussed with the student. Shadow students may not discuss patients, procedures, or results encountered during their observation time outside the medical center. Privacy training sessions for the remainder of 2007 will be held at 2:00 p.m. in Room 1204 of the hospital’s South Plaza on October 8th, October 22nd, November 12th, November 26th, and December 10th.
Because this experience requires time and planning on the part of our professional staff members, we do ask that the shadow program participants be truly interested in learning more about a career in the healthcare field. We also require shadow students to dress in a professional manner.
Interested students should send a message indicating their field of interest by clicking Contact Us.