The goal of the expanding high school internship program is to educate students from around the Cleveland area about the various opportunities offered to them through healthcare in the hopes that they will find their niche and eventually enter the field, possibly back at Cleveland Clinic. Several interns have already answered this call and are in the process of completing their education to become healthcare professionals. Others who are part of the 2009 program have determined through their experiences during the summer that they want to go into healthcare and return to Cleveland Clinic. In doing so, these current interns are helping the Office of Civic Education Initiatives to reach its goal - they are leaving the internship with a plan for the future.
"As interns, we are not only experiencing new, unforgettable things. Instead we have a special knowledge acquired from experience, a knowledge that tells us the world needs us now more than ever. We can spend the summer here and learn as much as possible about ourselves and our interests, so that when the careers of doctors and nurses are completed and left behind, we will be readily prepared to pick those jobs up, right where they left off."
"This program has further developed my interest in a career in medicine, specifically radiology and neuroradiology."
Radiology Intern Michael McBride interned with Thomas Masaryk, MD, in the Neuroradiology department. One of his favorite experiences of the summer was the opportunity to observe brain aneurysms being coiled. "This entire procedure is done on a computer screen. X-rays are sent through the patient's head and appear on a computer screen above the patient," he say. "Then the surgeon coils the brain aneurysm just by looking at the computer screen." In McBride's case, choosing to go into such a selective internship program was a good decision. "This program has further developed my interest in a career in medicine, specifically radiology and neuroradiology," he says. "I am so glad I decided to go into the Radiology Internship Program. This is a summer I will never forget!"