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New Summer Pre-Med Program at Kadlec Proved a Success

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 RICHLAND, WA - "Wherever the art of medicine is love, there is also a love of humanity." Hippocrates said that and it couldn't be more true of the summer students at Kadlec Regional Medical Center.

This is the first year of the pre-med summer pipeline program that offers students valuable real-world experience in the hospital and in clinics. The students get 80 hours over a four week period: two weeks in-patient, two weeks out-patient.

Emily Gray is a recent WSU graduate and is job shadowing in the pathology lab this week.

"We've looked at a lot of slides, determining if it's a normal cell or a cancerous cell," said Gray.

She is one of 21 pre-medical and pre-physician's assistant students and seven pre-therapy students roaming the halls of Kadlec this summer.

"It is a requirement that they have a certain number of job shadowing hours and it varies by school. I mean, it can be as little as 30, it can be as many as 150. But they really want the students to really know that they want to be in school for that," said student services specialist, Heather Newell.

"This program, right here, after I was in the NICU for two weeks.. I went from 95% sure to pretty much 100," said another student, Oliver Mathrani.

Mathrani begins his sophomore year at Gonzaga University this fall. At Kadlec, he learned he definitely wants to be a doctor.

"I have, I think, what it takes to go to school and become a doctor and get through the academic part and all the work parts of it. But it's not worth it at all, is what I've learned from the doctors, if I don't actually care about just showing up every day and taking care of people," said Mathrani.

"It definitely solidified that I want to go to med school and it also helped me decide what i like and don't like. For instance, I find pathology really interesting. It's a very interesting topic however I also like the doctor, patient interaction so much that I wouldn't want to choose a field that doesn't include that," said Gray.

Newell said she's shooting 100% with this summer program. Each and every student during their final presentation has said they do want to pursue careers in medicine.