Job Shadowing Program Helps Students & Hospital

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Biochemistry major Marisa Smith is hoping to one day be employed as a health care provider in a rural setting like Clifton-Fine Hospital.

"I would rather work here now because you get more interactions with your patients than you do in an urban setting," said Smith.
 
The college sophomore is one of six students from Wells College spending the week at Clifton-Fine Hospital.

The students are shadowing workers and immersing themselves in the Adirondack community as part of a program between the college, the hospital and two area health education centers.
 
Not only are the students from Wells College learning about some of the challenges and good things that happen in a small rural hospital, it's an opportunity for the hospital to do some recruiting.
 
"We hope that this is an investment in our future and that some of these young people will enjoy their experience here with us, they'll find it a very valuable learning experience and that they'll want to come back and perhaps work with us in the future," said hospital CEO Robert Seamon.
 
Laboratory Manager Lisa Brooker sees the innovative program as something that benefits the students looking at the health care field for a career and as something that helps the hospital bring in potential hires.

"We also hope to expose them to different fields in health care where a lot of students may not be aware of such as laboratory science," said Brooker.
 
Hospital officials say often times it's difficult finding qualified people to fill positions due to the remoteness of the health care facility.

That's why programs like this could help ease the search difficulty.

Sunday, October 26, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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