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Knox County Students Shadow Professionals at SCH

4/15/2015

Recently, Katie Whiles and Cheyene Munson both sophomores at Knox County High School spent a day shadowing healthcare professionals at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis.  Katie & Cheyene took the initiative to talk to their guidance counselor, Susan Buckallew, about their interests in a career in healthcare and Ms. Buckallew coordinated the shadowing experience with Kristin Hyde, the MED CLUB coordinator at Scotland County Hospital.

The MED CLUB, which is sponsored by Scotland County Hospital through a grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health in four school districts, is focused on junior high & high school students pursuing future healthcare careers, through monthly meetings with healthcare professionals as guest speakers, healthcare profession mentors, field trips, a club website with healthcare career information and healthcare career fairs.  All of this and more, with a goal of providing students with information to prepare for and make a decision to pursue a career in healthcare. “I was thrilled when Ms. Buckallew called to set up a date for her student to shadow our Lab staff,” stated Kristin Hyde, MED CLUB Grant Coordinator. “This is exactly the exposure and opportunity the MED CLUB program wants to offer any student wishing to pursue a career in healthcare.”  Part of Katie’s shadow experience included a tour of the Lab & instructions on the use of each instrument, along with an introduction to microscopy and a number of both in-patient and out-patient blood draws, known as phlebotomy.

Katie wishes to pursue a career in some aspect of a healthcare laboratory and has a special interest in coagulation.  Tim Grant, MT (AMT), Laboratory Supervisor at SCH said, “I am always in favor of any opportunity to give young people a taste of a career in healthcare.  Currently, the US has a shortage of 5000-6000 lab professionals and the number is only growing, with even larger shortages in nurses and other healthcare professions” 

 

Cheyene has an interest in surgery and spent a day shadowing Lisa Rollison, DO, General Surgeon.  Dr. Rollison is a native of Scotland County, a graduate of Truman State University and she completed her medical education at Des Moines University.  Dr. Rollison encouraged Cheyene to pursue a career in medicine with a specialty in surgery and return to northeast Missouri or another rural community to practice.

 

Nearly 300 junior high and high school students are members of the Med Clubs in the four school districts of Schuyler, Scotland, Clark & Knox Counties.  Hospital officials and school superintendents agreed that the MED CLUB programs in each school are an obvious opportunity to build the healthcare workforce for tomorrow, by investing today.

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