Future MDs, RNs? The Shadow knows

John Taylor: March 03, 20070 Comments

Forget shortages of docs and nurses for a minute, because the Shadow knows the answer. Actually, the Shadows are probably part of the answer.

I'm talking about young people like the students at the Sunnyside High School Doctors Academy. Forty-one of them were placed at Community Medical Centers, the county health department and other area facilities during "National Groundhog Job Shadow Day.'

They were mentored by health professionals and got a glimpse of what life might be like if they invest their energies to become someone who might save your life.  Respiratory, physical therapists, rad techs -- yup, we're gonna need a bunch. And don't forget pharmacists!

We've got state-of-the-art facilities right here in the Valley, was one Shadow's assessment to a program coordinator at the UC San Francisco Fresno Latino Center for Medical Education and Research.

Of course, this is more than just taking a peek. The students take rigorous classes in the health sciences -- chemistry, physics, calculus (all the hard stuff that converted me into a writer for the student newspaper), and additional coursework in the summer.

Community participates in a number of life-experience and volunteer programs in partnership with areas schools (thank you, Claudia Call and Paulla Sebra, just to name two key Community advisers). If you want more information, send me an email.