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Health Services Pathway student works at WVMC

Healthy dose of experience pays off for pathway student
Posted on 08/14/2015
Nancy Suarez

After interning for the Willamette Valley Medical Center (WVMC), Nancy Suarez has changed her career goals.

“I want to become a doctor,” said the recent McMinnville High School (MHS) grad.  “Maybe in the ER because I like the urgency, the rush.”

The internship program is part of a partnership between the high school and the local hospital.   The MHS Health Sciences Career Pathway program includes internship opportunities at the hospital, which is how Suarez first became professionally acquainted with WVMC.

“The internships are 12 hours in four different areas,” said Suarez.  “I chose radiology, the lab, cardio-pulmonary and the operating room.”

Suarez began the internship thinking she wanted to go into radiology, but after getting some hands-on experience, she shifted her thinking.

“The internships really give you a feel for what it’s like,” she said.  “You get to see it with your own eyes.”

The WVMC partnership paid off in another way for Suarez as well.  She was hired last spring to work in Admitting over the summer.

“After interning here, I developed relationships with people in different departments,” she said.  “Having those relationships has definitely helps me do my job better.”


Photo courtesy Lori Kernutt, WVMC

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