Health City expands internship options

Nicholas Mason, 16, did a year-long internship at Health City. Several Caymanian students have interned at the hospital, doing longer internships during the year or shorter internships during the summer. - PHOTO: CHARLES DUNCAN

Health City Cayman Islands is inviting students to apply to their summer Healthcare Explorers programs.

Several students in the Cayman Islands have already benefited from internship experiences at the state-of-the-art medical facility, and this year, the hospital is offering two new programs for students interested in healthcare.

High school juniors and seniors interested in pursuing nursing as a career are invited to apply for a week-long nursing camp, while college students enrolled in a pre-med program are invited to apply for the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program.

“These new programs are tailored to uniquely meet the formational needs of the two types of students we encounter during the summer – college students and high school students – and provide them with engaging, value-added opportunity as opposed to the usual ‘internship’ model which focuses on task assignment,” Health City spokesperson Sebrina Rankine said.

The nursing camp allows high school students to gain exposure to the nursing field and will include simulated patient care, mock rounds and practicums.

The camp is designed to help students decide if nursing is the career for them.
Applicants to the camp should have a demonstrated interest in nursing, be Caymanian or permanent residents and be 16 years of age by the first day of camp.

The nursing camp will run during the first three weeks of August, and space is limited to three students per week.

“We encourage and welcome a diversity of applicants, meaning both boys and girls,” said Ms. Rankine.

“We are looking for curious, enthusiastic students with an interest or curiosity in nursing as a career.”

The SURF program for college students is an intensive four week program focusing on a case study which provides in-depth exposure to the hospital’s healthcare model.

The case study, assigned by a supervisor, will be the basis of the program participant’s research project. To successfully complete the research project, students will need to engage with every relevant department or area.

Students will attend a daily lecture, led by an expert in their field, in each of these areas: admissions, patient care relations, outpatient services, laboratory services, radiology, anaesthesia, nursing services, supply chain management, finance, dietetics, physiotherapy, spiritual care and quality assurance.

In the final week of the program, students will present a 5,000 word paper to a panel, which will be graded on a pass/fail basis.

The program is offered in June and July. Space is limited to nine fellows each month.

“As with previous summers, both programs follow a praxis – action/reflection – model of learning,” Ms. Rankine said. “The focus of our program is two-fold: providing explorers with age-appropriate opportunities to achieve certain goals/actions, balanced with a methodology for discernment/reflection.”

For more information, email [email protected] or call 640-4195 for a program guide and application. Deadline for all applications is April 29.