Project Lead the Way
Partnership with Plymouth Schools Exposes Students to Medical Career Opportunities
Plymouth North and South High Schools formed a partnership with Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth (BID-Plymouth) that provides high school juniors interested in the medical field to come to the hospital to see first-hand medical professionals at work. Both high schools offer biomedical science programs for students interested in a career in the medical field.
Plymouth North and South students arrived on different days with over 30 students each. Students first met with members of the hospital’s tumor board. The tumor board consists of doctors, nurses, therapists and social workers who meet to discuss and assess a patient’s specific cancer and the best treatment options.
At the end of the meeting, students heard commotion from the back of the room. The hospital had prepared a surprise mock overdose situation that entailed a mother finding her 17-year-old son unconscious with drug paraphernalia while EMS demonstrated how Narcan can save someone’s life.
A team of doctors, nurses, and technicians were also involved in trying to save the young man’s life while helping his mother understand what was going on. Unfortunately, this is an all too familiar situation for the town of Plymouth and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
All of the students who attended the program at BID-Plymouth are three years into a four year program that gives students exposure to careers they might have never considered otherwise.