March 7, 2012
Most teenagers have little idea what goes on behind the scenes in a real hospital. Their views are likely limited to what they see on TV during an episode of Grey’s Anatomy or House. While it’s not “reality TV,” it’s far from what happens in a real hospital.
On Thursday, March 8 from 6 - 8 p.m., students from Mount Mercy Academy and Bishop Timon - St. Jude High School will get a rare “Behind the Mask” look at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo. It’s all part of a unique partnership between the schools and Catholic Health to nurture students who have an interest in a career in the health professions.
As part of the partnership, the schools have created The Academy of Science & Healthcare, a special program that includes a concentrated science curriculum and exclusive learning opportunities. During the school year, students take part in health and science-related field trips; participate in shadowing and internship programs; and meet one-on-one with professional mentors to learn more about a particular health career or field of study.
“This is a one of a kind program that positions our students for success as they move from high school to college, and hopefully back to our community to join the ranks of working healthcare professionals,” said Sr. Mary Ellen Twist, Principal of Mount Mercy Academy. “One of our students, who was interested in becoming a doctor, had a chance to sit down with a cardiac surgeon. How many students have an opportunity to do that?”
During the “Behind the Mask” event, the schools will join with Catholic Health to celebrate the first year of the Science Academy. Students and their parents will hear from program participants, school administrators and staff, and Catholic Health officials.
“This partnership is a great example of Catholic institutions working together to support one another,” said Thomas Sullivan, Principal of Bishop Timon - St. Jude High School.
For Catholic Health, it’s an opportunity to plant a seed that the health system hopes will bear fruit in years to come.
“This effort is a win-win for the schools and Catholic Health,” said Mike Moley, Sr. Vice President of Human Resources for Catholic Health. “In five or ten years, we hope to see many of these young men and women working in rewarding careers in our hospitals and health programs.”