New program allows those 14 to 21 to get hands-on experience with Williamson Medical Center professionals


New program allows those 14 to 21 to get hands-on experience with Williamson Medical Center professionals

PHOTO: Teens get hands-on experience on various jobs in the medical field during a previous program / Photo courtesy of Boy Scouts of America

BY ALEXANDER WILLIS

Teens looking to work in the healthcare industry will have the opportunity to work hands-on with experts in the field by way of a new program from Boy Scouts of America and Williamson County Medical Center.

A new arm of the Boy Scouts’ “Exploring” program, this new venture will see teens and young adults meet weekly with healthcare professionals, gaining valuable insight on the healthcare industry for future career prospects. The program is open to all Williamson County residents between the ages of 14 and 21, and costs $35 for the year.

Subjects covered in the program include surgical nursing, pediatric nursing, family practice, EMS, radiology, and many more medical fields. A workshop on educational requirements for such fields will also be provided by Columbia State Community College.

“They will meet frequently with nurses through the Medical Center [and] the doctors that they have on staff,” said Barrett Mohrmann with Boy Scouts of America. “I believe there’s also a good deal of insight into the administrative roles of a hospital as well, and various facets of what makes a hospital work.”

The Boy Scouts of America invites those interested to an open house on Tuesday, December 18 at 7 p.m. at the Williamson Medical Center at 4321 Carothers Parkway in Franklin, where staff will discuss the benefits, scheduling, and opportunities of the new program.

The program was started after Williamson Medical Center administrator Richard Westgate reached out to Boy Scouts of America, hoping to form a partnership to help prepare young people with interests in the medical field for their careers.

“It’s primarily targeted towards high school students,” Mohrmann said. “This is just a really good chance for them to dive deeper and get some hands-on experience. These are kids who will hopefully go on and do something to help others, help the community, so I think that appeals to a lot of these young people.”

Those interested in the program may contact Barrett Mohrmann for further information at bmohrmann@mtcbsa.org, or by phone at (703) 731-6527.

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