From learning about patient privacy and how to give an immunization to measuring blood pressure and providing interpreter services, local high school students had the opportunity to shadow BWH employees and learn about various jobs in the medical field during the 20th annual Job Shadow Day at BWH.
Hosted at BWH by Workforce Development (WFD), Job Shadow Day is a city-wide initiative of the Boston Private Industry Council, which connects local youth and adults with education and employment opportunities.
BWHers from departments including Radiology, General Medicine, Interpreter Services and Adult Medicine at Brookside Community Health Center were paired with students from The English High School in Jamaica Plain for a half-day. All students expressed an interest in joining the medical field someday, with career goals ranging from plastic surgery and pediatric nursing to nutrition and gerontology.
“We are so grateful for all the departments that participated in this year’s Job Shadow Day,” said Wendy Lam, WFD Youth Programs coordinator. “It was an opportunity for the students to get an inside look into the dynamic careers in health care. All of the students came back after the day was over with big smiles on their faces and confirmed their interest in working in health care. This is the reason why we participate in Job Shadow Day every year.”