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High school med/nursing pathways--Seeking dialogue and ideas

Gentlepersons--Just a thought here concerning opening a dialogue about pathways.  What are YOU doing?  How is it going?  Success stories?  Cautionary tales?  Ideas?  How about A to G UC credit? 

 

I am in Fresno, and looking to expand significantly.  My programs are in a growth phase at our regional med center, but the secret to success is often not "reinventing the wheel" so-to-speak, so let's talk!

 

Gene Poole

Fresno

drpoole@sbcglobal.net

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Hi Dr. Poole.  I work for the Model Neighborhood Program at the Alameda County Medical Center.  One real success is our partnership with Met West High School which is here in Oakland.  It is an internship based high school which allows the students to come to our facilities from 12-3pm Tuesdays and Thursdays.  When we began working with the school, it was not very successful - but as our relationship has grown over the past 3 years we have made significant improvements.  At first is was just "place a student with a mentor" - and the students didn't want to stick with it, we had started with 5 students, but only 1 was able to see his internship to completion.  We already had a strong afterschool model, so we took a few hints from that.  One hint - more students will make the program more successful because their relationships/shared experiences at the Medical Center are just as important as the medical/career exposure.  Relating to each other about their work, experiences and struggles built a stronger community and committment from the youth.  Which leads to number 2: time and space to connect, reflect and build relationships beyond the placement in a department/worksite.  Each day we meet as a group and debrief our days.  Special events/projects are very helpful too.  In so many clinical settings, students can only really watch what is happening.  By having special projects, students become more engaged in the unit.  Hope that helps :)

Thanks for responding! 

 

What works for us at Community Med here in Fresno is the creation of the "Student-Volunteer".  This is a person who can contribute to any department in which she is assigned...Clerical, Phone, Transport...All sorts of ways in which med staff can be freed for awhile to attend to patients.  As a quid pro quo, a USEFUL volunteer will naturally get to be a part of certain activities which include shadowing and even mentor stuff.  Level one is rotations with my class during regular school class hours.  Level two has students in a personal relationship as volunteers with the hospital.  Level three is the HOST program (Health Occupation Students Today) which is based on San Jose's SMILE program, advanced HS and college students in special training and available at ANY hour for ANY department. 

I have regular (trained on protocols given to me) OR, ED and PACU students.  It is all based upon the Student-Volunteer concept.  It radically changes the entire relationship and is a win-win situation.  If you like, Tony Nieto is my partner in HOST here at CRMC.  He is a member of the Consortium.  Feel free to contact him any time.  And me.  Definitely me!

Gene Poole

Heather MacDonald-Fine said:

Hi Dr. Poole.  I work for the Model Neighborhood Program at the Alameda County Medical Center.  One real success is our partnership with Met West High School which is here in Oakland.  It is an internship based high school which allows the students to come to our facilities from 12-3pm Tuesdays and Thursdays.  When we began working with the school, it was not very successful - but as our relationship has grown over the past 3 years we have made significant improvements.  At first is was just "place a student with a mentor" - and the students didn't want to stick with it, we had started with 5 students, but only 1 was able to see his internship to completion.  We already had a strong afterschool model, so we took a few hints from that.  One hint - more students will make the program more successful because their relationships/shared experiences at the Medical Center are just as important as the medical/career exposure.  Relating to each other about their work, experiences and struggles built a stronger community and committment from the youth.  Which leads to number 2: time and space to connect, reflect and build relationships beyond the placement in a department/worksite.  Each day we meet as a group and debrief our days.  Special events/projects are very helpful too.  In so many clinical settings, students can only really watch what is happening.  By having special projects, students become more engaged in the unit.  Hope that helps :)
Dr. Poole:  There is a Healhcare Careers Pathways Team that meets in San Joaquin County that would be great to connect with. 

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