Medical Explorations and Youth Medical Experience
UTCOM and CHCMS Partner Together for Youth Medical Experience
The University of Tennessee College of Medicine/Erlanger Medical Explorations program and the Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine offered by the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society are working together to offer high school seniors or graduates an opportunity to shadow physicians and get a hands-on look at the practice of medicine.
The Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine will offer four days of lectures and shadowing opportunities to 25 area junior and senior high school students. These four days will be held at different hospitals in Hamilton County June 3 - 6, 2012. Deadline for applications is April 12, 2013. Kevin Lusk at the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society is the contact for applying and questions: email@example.com or 423-622-2872 .
If students have an interest in extending their real-world experience in medicine, they can apply for the Medical Explorations program and spend an additional 3 weeks working with faculty and resident physicians at Erlanger Medical Center. Any student that has already participated in the Youth Leadership Forum in the past is also eligible to apply to the Medical Explorations program.
The Medical Explorations Program will run from June 10 to June 28, 2013. Students will work with physicians from 8am to noon. The afternoon is optional, giving students the chance to work a summer job or continue their experience at the hospital. Deadline for receiving applications is April 19, 2013.
Click on the link to the left to complete an online application for the 2013 Summer Medical Explorations Program. Again, the deadline for submitting applications is April 19, 2013. You will also need to submit documentation of your GPA of 3.5 or higher, a letter of recommendation from a teacher, and a permission form signed by your parent or guardian to:
R. Kent Hutson, MD, Chair and Chief
UTCOMC and Erlanger Department of Radiology
Erlanger Medical Center
975 East Third Third Street
Chattanooga, TN 37403
Note: The Medical Explorations Permission Form can be completed online, then printed and signed by your parent. Click on the link to the left to access the pdf form. Then mail it with your other documentation to the address above.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in attending medical school and work in a specific medical field now have an opportunity to shadow doctors, surgeons, therapists, nurses and other healthcare professionals before making the decision that will ultimately change their future.
Medical Explorers Program Information*
Dr. Kent Hutson, Chief of Radiology at Erlanger Health System and Chair of Radiology at University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga, is the coordinator of Medical Explorations; a program developed to introduce rising high school and college students to the world of healthcare in a medical setting.
"The purpose of the program is to generate interest and inspire students to go into healthcare," said Dr. Hutson. "The students will participate in tasks that are closer to what medical students do when they come to the hospital. It will give them a very unique behind-the-scenes look at a career in medicine."
The four-week summer program, funded by the Erlanger Auxiliary, will give the students an estimated 160 hours in a medical setting shadowing specialties they are interested in seeing and some specialties they may have not already known.
"We encourage the students to develop skills in communication and networking," added Dr. Hutson. "We will work closely with the UTCOM Chattanooga and they will meet a variety of individuals such as medical students and residents, instructors and the dean of UTCOM Chattanooga. The students will also visit several hospital departments assigned to them each week, attend lectures on various topics and participate in discussions."
The Medical Explorations program is modeled on a successful program offered each summer at University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville. Students must submit an official documentation of a GPA of 3.5 or higher and grade level of a high school senior or 2012 high school graduate, an essay explaining why they were interested in participating, a letter of reference from a teacher and a permission form from their parent or guardian in order to be considered for the selection process.
All participants are expected to maintain a professional manner, undergo mandatory training and follow hospital regulations.
Twelve remarkable students who proved they are in good standing in school and have shown an interest in becoming a medical professional were chosen to participate in the first Medical Explorations Program at Erlanger's Baroness Campus.
Jeffery Daniel's high school guidance counselor offered him the letter about the program just before he graduated from Grace Baptist Academy this spring. Although he is uncertain about what he wants to major in, he will be attending Chattanooga State Technical Community College with more than a few college credits already out of the way.
"I applied to the Medical Explorations program thinking it would be a good opportunity to see what is available in the medical field," said Mr. Daniel. "I thought it would be a good benefit for college, because it looks good to have one more extra item that someone else may not have on their application."
Not only did Mr. Daniel realize what a great lead it would give him in the college application process, he also knew the program would give him some experience in multiple medical fields and would help him decided if there is a particular area he is interested in.
When asked what he would take away from this experience, he said, "It's good to try it out because you may not know what you are getting in to if you don't have the opportunity. Also, you have to do a lot of standing no matter what specialty you are in."
Kasey Ferrell, a rising senior at Soddy-Daisy High School, also understands how important this opportunity is to her and her future. Since her brother had a brain injury and stayed in a hospital for several weeks, Ms. Ferrell has always had an interest in pediatric care. She already has plans to attend University of North Florida and then transfer to medical school in hopes of becoming a pediatric physical therapist.
"Since we have the opportunity to work in our interested areas, I am able to learn everything I need to know about pediatrics to see if it is what I want to do," said Ms. Ferrell. "We have close interaction with the doctors. We can talk to them and learn what they do."
Ms. Ferrell has learned from talking to some of the medical professionals that it is really important to pay attention in school.
"Not only do they learn all the medical terms, they also have to make it easier for common people to understand," said Ms. Ferrell.
Students will graduate from the program with a better understanding of what it is like to care for people in a variety of medical areas. They will see medical procedures and hear about medical conditions that young adults their age would not normally experience. In the end, their medical mentors hope many of them will continue with their dreams of entering the healthcare field.
Dr. Hutson is looking forward to offering many more Medical Explorations programs in the future and hopes to create smaller programs for other area high school students.
For more information about the Medical Explorations program, contact Dr. Kent Hutson at 423 778-7371 or email email@example.com.
*Photos and informationabout the 2009 program were provided in an article in the online newpaper, "The Chattanoogan." Web address is http://www.chattanoogan.com.