Northside Hospital - Healthcare Explorers offers hands-on learning

Healthcare Explorers offers hands-on learning

Posted on: October 02, 2017


From the Forsyth County News (Oct. 2, 2017)

A new program at Northside Hospital-Forsyth will give high schoolers a chance to get some experience in the healthcare industry.

The new Healthcare Explorers group is open to students in grades 10-12 that attend high school in Forsyth and Dawson counties. The program gives participants an opportunity to get hands on learning at the hospital.

“The students are so enthusiastic, as well as our healthcare staff here at the hospital. Everyone is excited about it, to share and mentor the students,” said Carrie Hamilton, Geriatric Unit Clinical Pharmacist. “So many of them already know they want to go into healthcare.”

The group held its orientation in August and its first meeting in early-September. The first class let students check out the women’s center and O.R. services.

“We’re trying to expose them to all different areas in the hospital,” said Unit Clinical Pharmacist Alison Thomas. “We do that by hands-on when appropriate. We try to do hands-on because kids like that. They sit and listen to lectures all day at school, so we try to give them something to stimulate them.”

Thomas said the program also gives students a chance to talk to professionals and ask them what career path brought them to their career.

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