Program gives pupils a taste of medical fields _lowres

Photo provided by Delores Sutton -- Ten students from Baker, Central, Central Private, St. Michael's and Zachary high schools were chosen to participate in a recent summer health careers program at Lane Regional Medical Center. Participating students front, from left, included Jada Brumfield, Kaylani Sivayaviroina, Dina Dinj, Aasha Henderson, Jada Carter and Deshira Hills; and back row, Blair Blackledge, Faith Pizzolato, Tejah Scott and Hailey Gros.

Lane Regional Medical Center, through a partnership with the Central Louisiana Area Health Education Center, hosted a summer health careers volunteer program for area high school students entering 10th, 11th or 12th grades who are interested in pursuing health care careers.

The students were given a chance to explore different career opportunities in medicine through observation and hands-on experiences, according to a news release.

Program participants learned about various health issues, patient care and career options in the health care industry during the 15-day program.

They received information on the education and training required for the different health care-related professions.

The students were at Lane Regional in Zachary for a total of 105 hours and spent 52 of them shadowing doctors, nurses, specialists, lab technicians and others in different areas of the hospital.

The 10 students selected to participate in the 2015 Area Health Education Center program attend Baker, Central, Central Private, St. Michael’s and Zachary high schools.