The first group of nine local aspiring physicians who recently completed Conemaugh’s six-week Summer Premed Volunteer Program called SupremEd, have given the program a “thumbs up”.
“It’s such a great opportunity to get acquainted with the hospital setting and learn more about what you need to do to achieve your goal of becoming a physician by hearing from people who have already done it-- medical students, residents and doctors,” says 19 year-old Halee Karashin of Johnstown, who is heading into her sophomore year at University of Pittsburgh, Main Campus.
As part of the program, coordinated through Volunteer Services, college premed students, who reside locally and are aspiring physicians, must:
- Volunteer for at least 4 hours/week
- Attend a two hour speaker series each week, hearing from speakers ranging from current medical students, residents, physicians and department directors and administrators
- Volunteer for two hours in the Medical Skills Learning Center
- Shadow a physician extender in a specialty of the student’s interest
“To be accepted into the SupremEd program, students have to be serious and must be able to commit their time,” says Helene Gleason, Director, Volunteer Services, Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center. “We see this program as a great starting point for some of the many college premed students who come to us each summer looking to join Conemaugh in an educational capacity.”
“Last summer, I volunteered at Conemaugh and really enjoyed it, so I was very excited to hear that they started this program,” says Hannah Smith, a 20-year-old premed student from Ebensburg who is entering her junior year at Gannon University. “It gave me the chance to not only continue to volunteer, but to learn how hospitals work from an administrative level, tips on getting into medical school, and some of the pros and cons of being a physician. Overall, it was a fun and meaningful resume-builder.”
In addition to SupremEd, premed college students may also apply for other educational opportunities at Conemaugh, including Internships and the esteemed Mentoring in Medicine Program.
“At the end of the day, we want to encourage the best and brightest young people in our area, expose them to the nationally recognized clinical services we offer, and provide them with opportunities that impact their lives,” says Gleason. “By doing so, the goal is that they won’t forget their experiences and will return to our area when they are ready to start their career journey,” adds Gleason.
To learn more about student experiences offered at Conemaugh, visit www.conemaugh.org.
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