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Local high schoolers visit Cambridge Health Alliance to learn about careers in health care

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  Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), a community health system serving Cambridge, Somerville and Boston’s metro-north communities, recently hosted an exciting event for local students interested in healthcare careers. As part of CHA’s April Vacation Career Exploration Program, a group of high school students from Everett, Revere and Winthrop met a variety of healthcare professionals at CHA’s Revere Care Center and Cambridge Hospital.

  On Saturday, April 22, the students visited the CHA Cambridge Hospital Operating Room to learn more about CHA’s Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery programs. This included hands-on experience in a simulated environment with CHA’s DaVinci Xi surgical robot and other laparoscopic technology. Students met with surgical professionals, including representatives from Intuitive Surgical and Medtronic, to learn various techniques and discover career options in the field.

  On Wednesday, April 19, and Friday, April 21, at the CHA Revere Care Center, the students learned basic healthcare skills, such as how to use a stethoscope, take blood pressure and listen to lungs, and they also met with staff from all Revere departments and roles to learn about the many healthcare career opportunities and pathways within primary care. Students also received certification in the nationally recognized evidence-based training Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR), which teaches individuals how to recognize signs and symptoms of suicide ideation, how to support someone and intervene and what resources are available to help someone in crisis.

  “We’re excited about the launch of the Career Pathways Program and look forward to sharing more great opportunities for career exploration and workforce development for youth from the communities,” said CHA’s Director of Community Health Youth Initiatives, Jaime Lederer. “CHA is committed to expanding healthcare career access for residents in the communities we serve.”

  This educational program, which received support from the Cummings Foundation, also included workforce development skill building, with opportunities for mentorship and increased awareness of employment and volunteer opportunities in health and medicine, including community and public health.

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CHA’s Chief of Surgery, Dr. Siva Vithiananthan, demonstrated various surgical techniques and discussed robotic and minimally invasive surgery with local high school students as part of CHA’s April Vacation Career Exploration Program. (Photo courtesy of CHA)
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As part of Cambridge Health Alliance’s April Vacation Career Exploration Program, local high school students met with Dr. Caroline Royer, a family medicine physician at the CHA Revere Care Center, who discussed career opportunities in the field and demonstrated basic healthcare skills, such as how to use a stethoscope, take blood pressure and listen to lungs. (Photo courtesy of CHA)

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