WMRHS Students Are Invited to Explore Medical Careers at Weeks Medical Center
Fourteen White Mountain Regional High School (WMRHS) students interested in medical careers recently spent time at Weeks Medical Center rotating through rehabilitation, the emergency room, intensive care unit, radiology, and medical surgery (the OR).
The event, part of Weeks Futures program, is designed to give students practical experiences and insight into future career plans. Students received information on how the ER works and its various technologies, about the growing need for physical therapists, the correct procedures of scrubbing and how to correctly put on a surgical gown, observed how a CAT scan works, and discussed the day-to-day operations of the ICU as well as interacting with many medical professionals.
There was good mix of students including two seniors who just passed their LNA exams through the Littleton High School CTE program. All the students used the day to confirm if they were going to take the next step of concentrating their academics in the field of sciences next year. A few highly motivated freshmen asked some great questions as they begin to form their own career paths.
The WMRHS students gave the Futures program some great feedback about the day. The students thought the emergency room would be an exciting place to work and couldn’t believe the technology that is used, which includes a live feed to an on-call doctor and nurse at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Students also learned the process of how to become a physical therapist (and the projected shortage of PT professionals in the next decade).
Margo Cliche and Michelle Brault from the Volunteer Services Department organized the event for the students. “It was great to see the students interacting with the hospital’s medical professionals,” Cliche said. “We were happy to work with WMRHS in helping students develop future career plans as the high school moves to a culture of the student ‘owning their learning’ and carving their career pathway. It was also an incredibly fun day.”