Reading Hospital welcomes largest class of secondary school interns

Reading Hospital welcomed 30 secondary school trainees, the largest class to date, to the hospital team on Monday. This year, 21 students will participate in a full-year internship, five students will participate in the fall semester and four will participate in the spring semester.

The program will serve students from Conrad Weiser, Exeter, Fleetwood, Governor Mifflin, Muhlenberg, Oley, Reading, Twin Valley and Wilson school districts.

Interns will work in a variety of clinical and non-clinical disciplines, including: nursing, occupational therapy, children’s health center, podiatry, emergency department, labor and delivery, post-anaesthesia care unit, public health center, patient preparation and recovery. procedures, plastic and reconstructive surgery, radiation oncology and genetic counseling, among others.

Students will complete approximately 300 hours of work in their assigned department during the internship. To be considered for the internship, the student must be an incoming senior, have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and have a good attendance and demeanor record.

In addition to their work, interns participate in educational workshops on personal and professional development, including financial literacy, resume writing and mock interviews, understanding the impact of social media in the workplace and health careers roundtables.

In September 2014, Reading Hospital launched an internship program to introduce local high school students to healthcare careers. The inaugural class of seven trainees were all pupils of Reading High School.

Desha Dickson, Vice President of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Community Wellbeing at Tower Health, said: “We are so proud of all the participants and graduates of our internship programs. These programs provide first-hand experience for students and allow them to see how hospital teams work together for the health of our patients and the community. We have seen the positive impact this program can have and we are fortunate that graduates of the program return and work at Reading Hospital.

To date, 51 students have completed the program. Most have gone on to higher education in health-related fields. To date, eight students have returned to Reading Hospital as interns or for employment.

Yomari Salvador-Rivera, a graduate of Reading High School’s internship program in 2015-2016, knew she wanted to pursue a career in healthcare, but wasn’t sure what she wanted to do. When she learned of the internship opportunity, she jumped at the chance. Through the program, she had a variety of experiences in different departments of the hospital.

“I knew the internship program was a great way to get into the healthcare field and could help me find my career path,” Ms. Salvador-Rivera shared. “The program had a significant impact on my preparation for college and my career. Working in multiple departments meant that my tasks and responsibilities changed and I was able to have a variety of experiences. As a result, I developed a passion for healthcare management, which I pursued through college.

In June 2021, Ms Salvador-Rivera joined the Community Wellbeing Team at Reading Hospital as Program Coordinator for Street Medicine. She added, “My internship was a great experience for me. I’ve worked with a lot of people who are passionate about what they do and that directly inspired me to return to Tower Health after college.

“Educating the healthcare providers of tomorrow has always been a priority for Tower Health,” said Charles F. Barbera, MD, president and CEO of Reading Hospital. “I am proud of the internship program because it changes lives. I would like to express my sincere thanks to the students for their commitment to the health of our community. Our participating team members are also to be commended for delivering this unique hands-on learning that provides real-life experience in a high-quality healthcare setting. These interns have the opportunity to learn from some of the best in the industry. »

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