St. Catherine of Siena Takes the Lead to Educate Future Medical Professionals
For high school students considering a career in the medical field, the Health Care Exploration and Internship Program (HCEIP), offered in partnership with the Commack and Smithtown School Districts*, is an extraordinary experience. The unique program, now in its tenth year, offers aspiring young health care professionals the opportunity to gain hands on experience, as well as industry information in various departments, including nursing, pharmacy, dietary, laboratory, to name a few. Admitted students, meet several academic requirements to participate in the program and receive half a health care or elective credit upon completion. In addition, each student must also complete 30 hours of volunteering at the medical center, at either the Hospital or Nursing and Rehabilitation Care Center, both at the Smithtown campus. Students can also volunteer at many of the medical practices located in the Medical Office Building.
“One of the best ways to discover if you have a true interest in something that will develop into a passion or career, is through direct exposure, and our unique program offers young minds the opportunity to explore—by talking to professionals and seeing what their day-to-day environment is like,” said St. Catherine’s Director of Public Affairs and Volunteers Heather Reynolds, MBA.
“Since we started this program 10 years ago, I have seen more than 300 students graduate from our program with complete validation that they want to explore a career in medicine, many which have already returned as clinicians.”
The tenth cycle of students, a total of 25 from Smithtown High School East and West, Haborfields High School and Commack High School started the program in January and will continue through May. The students will complete 16-weeks of rigorous evening sessions at the medical center, and additional educational experiences at the CHS Simulation Lab in Melville, followed by a graduation ceremony In May. “The HCEIP is a great experience for high school students to explore the medical field and it show colleges their commitment to handle responsibility—St. Catherine of Siena is thrilled to be a resource for future medical leaders of the future,” said. Mrs. Reynolds.
*The HCEIP program is limited to local school district partnerships, which academic measures for acceptance.
Photo: St. Catherine of Siena’s 2019 Health Care Exploration and Internship Program Class with Nick Fausto, Pharm.D. (center)