New program informs Stamford minority students about health care careers

Published: April 26, 2018

By Kat Russell

STAMFORD — Having grown up in Haiti, Rootnara Laurore, remembers the destruction caused by the 7.0-magnitude earthquake in 2010 that killed thousands of people and injured countless others.

It was witnessing that suffering, she said, that inspired her to pursue a career in the medical field.

“It was chaos,” the 17-year-old Westhill High School senior said. “And after seeing how many people were hurt or killed, I realized that I wanted to go into medicine because I want to be able to help people — even if it’s just in the smallest way.”

Laurore was among about a dozen students from Stamford High School, the Academy of Information Technology and Engineering and Westhill who got a taste this week of what a career in the medical field could look like.

The Health Immersion Program, a first-ever collaboration between Stamford Hospital, Stamford Public Schools and 100 Black Men of Stamford, aims to show minority teens the various career opportunities available in medicine, from administrative and supportive roles to practitioners such as nurses and doctors.

The program is divided into two phases. The first was a tour of Tully Health Center, where students heard from those working in various fields, including, nursing, pharmacology, physical therapy, cardiology, technology and support and some administrative tracks.

During the second phase, students can schedule one-on-one mentoring time with Dr. Edward Schuster, a cardiologist and program organizer at Stamford Hospital.

Read the full article at Stamford Advocate

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