Peninsula School District high school students took a bold step into the field of medicine by participating in the district’s fifth annual Summer Health Sciences Internship Program, June 24-27, 2019.
Over four days, students participated in career-enhancing activities directed by Gig Harbor Fire and Medic One, St. Anthony’s Hospital in Gig Harbor, Mary Bridge Children’s Center of Tacoma, and Tacoma Community College. Fifteen students were accepted into the program based on academic performance, interest in medicine, and professional recommendations.
At Gig Harbor Fire and Medic One, students gained experience in emergency field medical procedures. They also received hands-on training from emergency medical staff on patient assessment, monitoring devices, protective equipment, patient transportation and movement, and splinting and extrication.
While working at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Gig Harbor, students job shadowed personnel in departments such as Emergency Medicine, Respiratory, Physical Therapy, Surgery, and Supplemental Work and Transition (SWAT) nursing.
At Mary Bridge Children’s Center in Tacoma, students received patient treatment training and observed how Child Life Service Specialists provide unique methods of treatment and care for children. At Tacoma Community College students toured the Harned Center for Health Careers, a state of the art facility where they train using hospital-grade medical equipment.
“I loved the hands-on learning. After this, I think there’s no other option for my future except the medical field,” said Peninsula High School student Haley Barnesson.
“In Peninsula School District, we are passionate about building and clarifying students’ aspirations. Career-connected experiences are critical to doing this. We are so grateful to our partners at Gig Harbor Fire and Medic, St. Anthony’s, Mary Bridge, and Tacoma Community College for their time, effort, and leadership in creating an exceptional experience for our students,” said Erin O’Neill, Executive Director – College, Career, and Life Readiness at the Peninsula School District.
Peninsula High School students participating in the program included Haley Barnesson, Sarah Catterall, Hope Flanigan, Julia Fordham, Cailean Jones, Chelsa Smith and Christian Kim.
Gig Harbor High School students included Michaela Kinzey, Emiko Toyama, Samuel Goodwill, Megan Hanson, Natalie Kauppila, Natalie Haworth, Olivia Wessal, and Allyson Hill.