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ECMC to Hold “Healthcare Explorers” Summer Intern Program for Area High School Students

Unique ECMC program beginning July 18th, sponsored by ECMC Foundation, offers area high school students opportunity to participate in healthcare summer intern program

BUFFALO, NEW YORK—Sponsored by ECMC Foundation, ECMC is launching a new summer internship opportunity for high school students in 10th, 11th and 12th grades called “Healthcare Explorers.”

This immersive summer internship experience allows students to have hands-on learning opportunities across the ECMC health campus.  Students explore such health system areas as: ambulatory services, critical care, emergency services, hospital public safety, inpatient pharmacy, IT security, laboratory medicine, medical/surgical nursing, radiology, surgical services, and transplantation services.  The students also have the opportunity to hear from members of the executive leadership team, including ECMC Corporation: President/CEO Thomas J. Quatroche Jr., PhD; Chief Nursing Officer Charlene Ludlow, MS, RN, CIC; Chief Operating Officer Andrew L. Davis, MBA; Sr. Vice President of Operations Cassandra Davis, MS; Sr. Vice President, Surgical and Outpatient Services James Turner, BSN, RN; and ECMC Foundation Executive Director Susan M. Gonzalez.

This summer program is extremely competitive, typically with hundreds of applicants.  For summer 2023, ECMC has accepted 87 students to participate in this 12-hour, two-day program, offered over four sessions between July 18th and August 10th.  Those students accepted to be a “Healthcare Explorer” work side-by-side with ECMC’s dedicated healthcare professionals to consider careers in the healthcare profession while gaining valuable networking opportunities and career advice, all while connecting with students across the Western New York region.  This resume-enhancing experience enables students to include this experience on college or job applications.

The 87 summer 2023 student participants represent over 40 high schools in the counties of: Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, and Wyoming.

To be eligible to participate in this program students must have been enrolled in 10th, 11th, or 12th grade as of fall 2023; completed an electronic application with supporting documents; provided one letter of recommendation from a current teacher, coach, or principal; and included a two-minute video answering the question: Why do you want to participate in this program?.

ABOUT ECMC FOUNDATION: From lifesaving surgery for trauma patients to the extra support that makes a difficult time easier for visiting families, ECMC offers true care at every level.  ECMC Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation, enhances what ECMC offers to our patients and community, secures the resources that make all the difference, and takes on initiatives to financially support the lifesaving work of ECMC.  As our community hospital, ECMC serves a range of patients and families across Western New York.  Through generous community support and building connections throughout our region, the Foundation strives to make more possible for our patients, their families, and our community.

ABOUT ERIE COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER (ECMC) CORPORATION: The ECMC Corporation was established as a New York State Public Benefit Corporation and since 2004 has included an advanced academic medical center with 573 inpatient beds, on- and off-campus health centers, more than 30 outpatient specialty care services and Terrace View, a 390-bed long-term care facility. ECMC is Western New York’s only Level 1 Adult Trauma Center, as well as a regional center for burn care, behavioral health services, transplantation, medical oncology and head & neck cancer care, rehabilitation, and a major teaching facility for the University at Buffalo. Most ECMC physicians, dentists and pharmacists are dedicated faculty members of the university and/or members of a private practice plan. More Western New York residents are choosing ECMC for exceptional patient care and patient experiences – the difference between healthcare and true care.

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