Students Get Head Start in Medical Field

By Britney Glaser - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The field of healthcare is massive and while many jobs are dwindling in this recession, careers in medicine continue to grow. To give students in Southwest Louisiana an edge when it comes to experience in the medical field, Lake Charles Memorial Hospital has opened its doors to young volunteers.

High school students who meet the requirements to participate in the summer program commit at least four hours each week through the summer to get hands-on training in a real hospital environment.  St. Louis High School Senior Emma Fuselier says, "I'm hoping to get a better idea of what a hospital environment is actually like to where I can decide if I want to be in a hospital, clinic, and experience the actual environment."

St. Louis High School Sophomore Carla Choucino is also volunteering at Memorial Hospital this summer.  She says, "I hope to learn how the hospital actually works. I've always been interested in how it operates and now I know they have files and's pretty cool to learn what's behind the scenes."

Students work with the hospital's blood drives, in OB care, with the Heart and Vascular Center - and they even help deliver flowers to patients and serve meals in the cafeteria. Director of Volunteer Services, Sherry Schofield says these student volunteers offer a great helping hand.  "This is a way for them to learn more about healthcare and to see if that's what they're interested in," says Schofield, "and also they assist with helping patients around and just helping the employees here that need extra help.:

If you are interested in learning more about the student volunteer program, contact Memorial Hospital at 494-2493.

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