H.L. Watkins Middle School Students Get Head Start on Medical Careers Through Innovative Externship Program

A group of eighth-grade Medical Science Academy students from Howell L. Watkins Middle School had unprecedented access and exposure to healthcare careers and patient care during an externship program at Good Samaritan Medical Center in West Palm Beach.

Group of studentsThis past school year, the students had the opportunity to rotate through various areas of the hospital including labor and delivery, the neonatal unit, and physical therapy. This was the sixth year of the innovative and unique program.

Some of the participating students were recognized at the July 19 Board meeting for completing the program, and as an acknowledgment of their hard work.

The externship is available to students enrolled in the Pre–Medical Sciences program at H.L. Watkins, one of the many exciting Choice and Career Academy Programs offered in the School District.

The three-year preparatory honors program emphasizes science, math, and language skills while preparing students to be highly competitive in the medical field. The courses offered include Orientation to Health Occupations, Exploration of Health Occupations, and Medical Skills and Services.

“Participating in this program taught us discipline and gave us a lot of good information,” said Sierra Robinson, a student at H.L. Watkins and one of the program participants. “We got lots of hands-on experience and it helps you learn more about your future career.”