On March 11, local high school students had the opportunity to shadow BWH employees and learn about various jobs in the medical field during the 21st annual Job Shadow Day.
Hosted at BWH by Workforce Development, Job Shadow Day is a city-wide initiative of the Boston Private Industry Council that connects local youth and adults with education and employment opportunities.
BWHers from across the institution, including the Office for Sponsored Staff and Volunteer Services, Department of Medicine, Primary Care and Radiology, were paired with students from local schools in Boston for a half-day of shadowing and learning.
During a tour of the hospital with Shauntéa Turner, program and training coordinator for Sponsored Staff and Volunteer Services, Lisea Scales, a senior at Community Academy of Science and Health in Dorchester, talked about her desire to pursue pulmonary nursing someday. Scales said she learned a lot about the field after taking care of her father, who suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease before passing away.
“My dad motivated me to help others,” Scales said. “I was in charge of changing his oxygen tanks and tubes. To have the opportunity to participate in Job Shadow Day and learn more about the hospital is very important to me.”
In Radiology, Victoria Glassman, director of Education, reviewed X-ray images with Sergio Molina, a junior at Josiah Quincy Upper School in Boston, and spoke with him about the field. Molina hopes to one day become an MRI technologist.
At Brigham and Women’s Primary Care, Longwood, which opened its doors last June, Ferlisa Comas, a senior at Margarita Muñiz Academy in Jamaica Plain, and Mahogany Northcross, a junior at Josiah Quincy Upper School, received a tour of the practice from Medical Director Larissa Nekhlyudov, MD, MPH. The students spent the rest of the morning learning about the practice’s team-based approach by shadowing providers, nurses and medical assistants. Comas hopes to pursue nursing, and Northcross hopes to become a pediatrician.
View a photo gallery from this year’s Job Shadow Day.