Partnership expands health sciences training for high school students
ALEXANDRIA CITY, Va. (ABC7) —
In a surgical technology classroom, students at T.C. Williams High School got a hands-on lesson in suturing. Each of them hopes to eventually work in the healthcare field.
"My goal is to become a cardiovascular surgeon, but right now my focus is to become a certified surgical technologist," 18-year-old Mohamed Abdelrahman told ABC7 News.
Next school year, students at T.C. Williams who are interested in careers in medicine and healthcare will have more options thanks to a new partnership with the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Reamer Bushardt is senior associate dean of the George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
"It's designed to help students right when they begin high school in ninth grade start to hear about, learn about health careers, and earn college credit while they do it.," Bushardt explained.
T.C. Williams already offers nursing and surgical technology pathways. The new partnership offers five more.
The expansion includes biomedical informatics, sports medicine, pharmacy, emergency medical services and medical laboratory sciences.
Through the program, students can earn credentials that qualify them for entry-level medical jobs and secure up to 22 college credits that are transferable at George Washington.
Laura Evans, a health and medical sciences instructor at T.C. Williams expressed, "To gain not only classroom-based experience but work-life experiences at an earlier age and they'll be able to take all of their college credits and apply them to a degree in the future."
"A lot of students, they already know what they want to do and they just need the tools and the teachers to help them get to their goals," 16-year-old senior Cindy Do shared.
The expansion starts with the launch of the biomedical informatics pathway next fall.