SALINAS, CA, June 17, 2013 – Some of the physicians making rounds at Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System the next few weeks will look a little young. The double take comes as high school students and Salinas Valley Memorial prepare for the future. Starting today, the Summer Health Institute is kicking off its 11th year.
The five-week program exposes high school students to health careers through an engaging and hands-on experience using case study methodology. The 22 participants are recruited from local high school health academies and selected through a competitive application process. During the program, students develop an understanding of hospital organization, diagnosis, care plan development, patient assessment and treatment.
“Our goal is to inspire students and solidify their desire to achieve a career in a health related field,” says Shannon Graham, program coordinator for Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System. “We enjoy working with local colleges and high schools to engage young people in a career path that will benefit the healthcare industry and our community.”
Each year, members of the Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare staff make presentations and work with the Summer Health Institute students to provide them with an immersive healthcare experience. Students receive instruction at Hartnell College for computer program design, presentation skills and spend a week in the Nursing Skills Lab. There is also a day-long field trip to Stanford Hospital & Clinics. As their final exam, each student presents a real life case study review to our medical panel.
Later this summer, Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System will present the 13th annual Medical Adventure Camp. The two-week program is aimed at a younger group of ten to twelve year old students. The camp like environment gives children from diverse populations an opportunity to learn about Medical Science-its history, personnel, environment and current innovations.