Students get first-hand look at medical careers
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa - Summit Health held its annual Summer Work Experience program for four weeks in June for undergraduate students with the goal of becoming a doctor.
This year, eight students shadowed and interviewed doctors from more than 20 different specialties, including: anesthesiology, cardiology, emergency medicine, family medicine, orthopedic medicine, surgery, obstetrics, pulmonology, urology, gastroenterology, nephrology, podiatry, oncology, radiology, palliative medicine, otolaryngology, pathology, hospital-based medicine, rehabilitation medicine, bariatric medicine, psychology and more.
The students spent time at Chambersburg Hospital, Waynesboro Hospital and other Summit Health service locations.
"This is an amazing experience for the students," said Nicole Butts, coordinator of the program for Summit Health. "They are able to speak to doctors who have been where they are - who have had to make the same choices. The wisdom and advice that our providers and other staff members share with the students is priceless."
The students enrolled in this year's program were:
- Branson Allen, a 2012 graduate of Shippensburg High School. He attends Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania.
- Caroline Bradford, a 2013 graduate of North Hagerstown High School. She attends Johns Hopkins University.
- Alyssa Brandt, a 2011 graduate of Clear Spring High School. She attends DeSales University.
- Alyssa Jones, a 2012 graduate of Big Spring High School. She attends Susquehanna University
- Ethan Leabhart, a 2007 graduate of Cumberland Valley Christian School. He attends Shippensburg University.
- Aaron (A.J.) Maun, a 2012 graduate from Chambersburg Area High School. He attends Shippensburg University.
- Bilaal Saif, a 2011 graduate of Boonsboro High School. He attends Georgetown University.
- Logan Stonesifer, a 2013 graduate of Chambersburg Area High School He attends Penn State University.
According to the Summer Work Experience selection committee, students wishing to apply for the program must have an interest in pursuing a career in the medical field as a doctor. The student must have made progress toward that goal. Those with an interest in applying for next year's program may call Chambersburg Hospital's provider resources department at (717) 267-7180.
Summit Health is a non-profit network of hospitals and physician practices dedicated to building a healthier community.
As Franklin County's leading healthcare provider, Summit Health offers family care, specialists, lab and imaging services, a fitness center, two walk-in care centers, and two award-winning hospitals.