April 4, 2003

Scripps Memorial Hospital Chula Vista Host Mentoring Program

Scripps Memorial Hospital Chula Vista in collaboration with the San Diego Border Area Health Education Center (AHEC) have established a “School-to-Health Career Mentoring Program” targeting high school students in order to provide youth interested in the health field with mentors.

Twenty-four students from the Sweetwater High School Regional Occupations Program (ROP) have been matched with mentors from throughout the hospital including, but not limited to, the nursing units, emergency department, finance, volunteer services, and radiology. This dedicated group of employees is volunteering their time to expose students to a vast collection of career opportunities. Students shadow their respective mentors for 1.5 hours each week, learning about their daily routine and what exactly each health career entails.

High school students shadow Dr. Rakesh Patel to learn the many facets of being a family practice physician.

In addition to job shadowing experiences, students participate in weekly career workshops where health and social service professionals discuss their job role and educational background. These interactive sessions give students a broad overview of many different career opportunities.

“Our hopes are that we help inspire the next generation of health care providers, administrators and support personnel,” says Kendra Brandstein, director of Community Benefit Services at Scripps Memorial Hospital Chula Vista. “We hope to continue the program and get more schools involved in the near future.”

Mentoring provides youth with positive assets that will enable them not only to become knowledgeable about health careers, but also to feel comfortable in the work place, and promote ambition in regards to their future.

During the upcoming summer months, Scripps Memorial Hospital Chula Vista will launch the first ever CAMP SCRIPPS. This program will also focus on inspiring our local South Bay youths to choose careers in health professions by role modeling and interacting with local hospital professionals.

If you would like to learn more about the San Diego Border Area Health Education Center and the School-to Health Career Programs, please contact Kendra Brandstein at 619-691-7285.

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