BAR HARBOR- You’re 18 years old, about to graduate high school, and for the first time ever, forced to make decisions that will affect the rest of your life. Now, thanks to a new partnership between MDI Hospital and MDI High School, that task might be a little less daunting.
“It gives them the opportunity to come in and kind of go behind the curtain and see what we do for work,” said Gordon Murphy, a physician assistant at MDI Hospital.
The program offers high school credit to students, while also allowing them to explore potential career interests.
“I wasn’t sure if I was interested in pursuing health care. It’s definitely made me appreciate how complex a human body is,” said Pierce DiMauro, a MDI High School senior.
And while this may not be your typical classroom, the MDI Hospital emergency room is giving students experience that they could never learn out of a textbook.
“One of my first times was actually in this room, and they were doing a mock how to intibate someone and it was just so cool to see the procedure and how to hold the thing and what they used and all that stuff, and that was really just setting the scene for me,” said Jennifer Clemens, a MDI High School senior.
Mentors in the program focus on teaching students about human anatomy and critical thinking, helping students better understand the process of correcting medical issues.