High School Students Begin Rounding in HCEIP
High school students from Smithtown East and West, Commack, Hauppauge and Comsewogue school districts have started “rounding” at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center in collaboration with the Health Care Exploration and Internship Program (HCEIP). This unique program, now in its seventh year, offers aspiring young health care professionals to gain hands on experience, as well as industry information in various departments, including nursing, pharmacy, dietary, laboratory, to name a few. Admitted students selected had to meet several requirements to participate in the program and will receive half a health care credit upon completion.
Anesthesiologist Jennifer Whitmore, DO, of Suffolk Anesthesiology Associates, lectured students about the full spectrum of anesthesiology. Dr. Whitmore graduated from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2012.
Dr. Whitmore gave a very candid overview of her journey through medical school. She discussed finding a residency to working in a variety of departments in a hospital. She also discussed professional expectations and how serious her work is ever day. She encouraged them to always remember that becoming a doctor is about the patient interaction—reminding them that it is always a helping profession first.
Director of Community Relations Heather Reynolds commented, “I was so excited to bring Dr. Whitmore onboard for this program. We have at least five students who are aspiring to become anesthesiologists, so the information she provided them was so beneficial to understanding the process.”
The 16-week long high school program will continue through June, followed by a ceremonial graduation.