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Program Gives Students Medical Experience

A program is giving students hands on medical experience before they decided if they want to go to medical school.
CHAMBERSBURG, PA -- Wouldn't it be nice to see what it's really like to be a doctor before applying to medical school? A Summit Health program is giving students just that opportunity.

"One day you go into the emergency room and see some trauma patients and the next day you're going into pediatrics and seeing a playful child with a sore ear," says Greg Boyer, a sophomore at Liberty University.

It's the Summer Work Experience Program where college students spend four weeks shadowing staff at Chambersburg Hospital and other Summit Health affiliates.

"We literally worked with over 20 different specialty fields that I really had no interest in and then the doctors that I worked with definitely changed that," says Kasi Hardsock, a senior at Virginia Tech University.

Doctors expose the students to as much as they can from observing surgeries and listening to patient follow-ups.

"We try to do hands on things like teaching them how to put on casts, hands on such as learning CPR but it's mostly an observational experience," says Dr. Roger Robertson, Orthopedic Surgeon at Chambersburg Hospital.

And when the students weren't shadowing the doctors, they got life advice like when to take the MCAT's, what classes to take in school and even when to get married during this career path. 

"The experience overall was just amazing getting to see what a lot of other medical students don't get to see until their third year of medical school, some hands on, one on one experience," says Boyer.

And for hospital staff, it's a chance to give back to the community.

"And it's important as physicians to teach and that's what physician means to be a teacher," says Dr. Robertson.

With this program, doctors teach the future generation of medicine - one student at a time.

The Summer Work Experience Program gives preference to rising college sophomores and juniors from the Franklin and Washington County areas. For more information about applying, visit their website:

www.summithealth.org/educationresources
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