Health City plans to grow intern program

Health City representatives say the hospital hopes to have 300 interns from Cayman high schools in the coming school year. The weeklong internship program aims to get local students interested in the sciences, healthcare and medicine. 

This year, the East End hospital hosted 175 students over the fall and spring terms for one week with daily lectures on healthcare and medicine, plus time working in the various departments at Health City and learning from lab technicians, the public relations team, and doctors and nurses.  

This summer, the hospital will host 24 college students for a similar two-week program. 

Health City project director Gene Thompson, said in a press release, “It is and has been the goal of Health City to hire and train as many Caymanians as possible and to this end we are continuing to be relentless in our commitment to see as many young Caymanians choose healthcare as a career option and we expect many will choose to work at Health City in the coming years.” 

Students are assigned to one of the hospital’s departments, ranging from cardiology – where they get to watch open-heart surgery – to administration, where they have an opportunity to learn about running the business side of a modern hospital. 

Health City Cayman Islands plans to work with 10 schools in the coming year to bring students through the program, according to Health City program manager Richard Parchment. 

“We are planning to work with the principals and schools to find a way to spread out their student numbers, and we are working towards having direct contact with Grade 6 primary school children, during the school year,” Mr. Parchment said. 

“We have received strong interest from most schools.  

“CIFEC, Clifton Hunter High School, John Gray High School, St. Ignatius High School, Grace Christian Academy, Cayman International School, Triple C High School, Cayman Prep and High School, Hope Academy and Wesleyan Christian Academy are all either in the pipeline or are already participating in the program,” he said. 

John Gray High School students meet government minister Tara Rivers and hospital founder Dr. Devi Shetty at Health City in December 2014.