Students ages 14 to 20 are eligible and there is no fee to join, as the membership cost is paid for by St. Mary's Healthcare as a service to the community.
The kick-off meeting is Oct. 8 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the cafeteria of the hospital at 427 Guy Park Ave. Students should contact the Foundation of St. Mary's to reserve a spot, and bring a parent to the kick-off meeting to sign registration forms.
The program is part of the Boy Scouts of America, and helps teens decide if a health care career fits into their future. They learn about a variety of health care careers and hear from experienced professionals in their field. Discussions include preparing for a career, the educational requirements, salary ranges and the benefits and rewards of the position. In addition, they participate in hands-on activities to familiarize students with a specific aspect of medicine.
Meetings will be held the first Tuesday of the month from November to June, and consist of presentations by physicians, health care workers, tours within the hospital and off-site visits. Efforts are made to provide a hands-on experience fun and informative.
Topics tentatively scheduled include physician's assistant; physical therapy and athletic training; behavioral health; cancer medicine; operating room; CPR/First Aid; dietary and diabetes; long-term care and elder care; nursing; and flight nurse and ambulance crew.
To reserve a spot in the group, or for more information, contact Jessica Smrtic at The Foundation of St. Mary's Healthcare 770-7584, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.