Beginning this week, Lexington Medical Center is openings its doors to some of the brightest high school students in Lexington County for an intensive summer internship inside the hospital called the Partners Program. In its 21st year, the Partners Program has become a popular tradition at the hospital.
“The goal is to give students an inside look at what they can expect in a health care career,” said Kelli Bennett, Workforce Coordinator at Lexington Medical Center. “It’s a glimpse into our world.”
The students will focus on clinical training around the hospital and assist health care workers in areas including checking blood pressure, taking temperatures and feeding patients. In addition, they will tour hospital departments and attend classes where health professionals will speak with them about careers in medicine.
Approximately 200 students applied for this summer’s program. Sixty were selected to participate after an extensive interview process including a written application and meeting with hospital staff. Lexington Medical Center will award a $1,000 book scholarship to one rising senior from each Lexington County High School, home school and private school, for a total of 13 scholarships.
The Partners Program is divided into two, three-week sessions: June 13th – July 1st and July 11th – July 29th. Many of the students in the Partners Program go on to work in the health care field as physicians, nurses and other clinicians. In fact, some have returned to work at Lexington Medical Center.
The Partners Program is funded by the Lexington Medical Center Foundation.