FT. WORTH, TEXAS – High school students from the Northwest ISD Academy of Biomedical Sciences and Keller ISD Center for Advanced Learning recently completed internships at Medical City Alliance designed to enhance their healthcare learning experiences. Five students from Northwest ISD and eight students from Keller ISD shadowed physicians and nurses in various departments including labor and delivery, emergency, laboratory, surgical and the intensive care unit.
“Medical City Alliance and other healthcare partners provide a huge benefit to the students participating in this program,” says Monica Valenta, Facilitator and Department Head for the Academy of Biomedical Sciences at Byron Nelson High School. “It is one thing for these students to learn the curriculum in the classroom, but to see it firsthand in a hospital environment makes that learning experience so much more powerful.”
The internship reinforces classroom lessons while introducing students to the healthcare environment, often reinforcing the intern’s career choice.
“Students are exposed to the hospital environment and learn if a career in healthcare is for them," says Dr. Robert Wright, CTE Coordinator for the Career and Technical Education Department of Keller ISD. "In many cases, the hospital experience ignites their passion to serve others through healthcare, but in others it shows them that a different path will suit them better. These true medical experiences prepare our students in ways the classroom cannot by showing students the day to day struggles and celebrations of being a healthcare provider."
Since opening in February 2015, Medical City Alliance has hosted groups from local high schools and colleges, as part of a commitment to the surrounding community and future generation.
About Medical City Alliance
Medical City Alliance is a full-service, 55-bed, acute care facility serving the communities of Fort Worth, Keller, Roanoke, Haslet, Saginaw and surrounding communities in northern Tarrant county and southern Denton county. The hospital offers a variety of services, specializing in women’s, cardiology, robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery, and emergency care. Medical City Alliance is a “green” facility, silver LEED certified for environmental and energy efficiency.
Medical City Alliance is part of Hospital Corporation of America (HCA).