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HackensackUMC Hosts SEEDS Scholars

May 7, 2012 10:35 AM


Students throughout northern New Jersey, who participate in the New Jersey SEEDS program, recently visited HackensackUMC. The objective of the annual event is to allow the eighth grade students, also known as SEEDS scholars, to explore potential future career paths and expose the scholars to different professions within medicine.

During their visit, the students shadowed doctors in a variety of specialties and heard what a typical day is like for these medical professionals. The 24 students met with clinicians working in the operating room, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the endocrinology department, the pediatric emergency department, as well as those in the hospital laboratories and pharmacy. The students also had the opportunity to speak with a hospital nutritionist and a member of the child life team.

SEEDS Scholars later participated in a medical ethics case study, where the group discussed how each would handle a moral dilemma when treating a patient. Before their time at HackensackUMC ended, the scholars took part in a workshop about preparing for a career in health care.

SEEDS is a non-profit organization that changes the lives of high-achieving students from low-income families by transforming their educational opportunities.  After completing the rigorous 14-month program, the eighth grade scholars have the knowledge, skills, access and support to thrive at the nation’s finest independent schools.



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