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Premed Students Gain Valuable Insight into Physician and Hospital Role


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Completing a paid internship program made possible through grants from the Sheldon Foundation and Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, Chautauqua Works Workforce Development Board’s Healthcare Talent Pipeline Internship Program premed students gather on the front lawn of UPMC Chautauqua WCA. 2017 Premed students, front row, from left Brad Brown, Santana France, Haylie Birt, Tessa Alianell, Ashley Moulton.  Back row, left to right, Jon Scroxton, Daniel W. Tota, director of physician services, UPMC Chautauqua WCA; Zachary Eklum, Nick Carlson.

Jamestown, New York (July 11, 2017)—Eight premed students recently began an eight-week summer Chautauqua Works Workforce Development Board’s Healthcare Career Advantage Talent Pipeline Development Program, gaining valuable insight into the medical field.

Based at UPMC Chautauqua WCA, and other area health care agencies, the premed students, Brad Brown, Santana France, Haylie Birt, Tessa Alianell, Ashley Moulton, Jon Scroxton, Zachary Eklum, and Nick Carlson rotated through both clinical and non-clinical areas of the local hospitals and physician medical office practices. Each participant is eligible for a six to eight week paid internship.

The program has served more than 400 aspiring health care students from six different school districts by introducing them to health care career possibilities through interactive workshops, career fairs as well as paid internships in the health care field. The program matches young adults pursuing a career in direct patient care health care field with local health care providers to provide interns with valuable experience, develop lasting relationships, and promote potential future employment opportunities.

Katie Geise, executive director of Chautauqua Workforce Investment Board said the program increases awareness of and interest in local physician opportunities. “Our program is a great opportunity for students to gain experience and build connections with our community’s future workforce.  We are so fortunate to be able to offer these opportunities through grants awarded by the Sheldon Foundation, Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, and Gebbie Foundation,” said Katie.

Based on the student’s interest, the experiences could include exploring different departments within the hospital and/or clinics, observation and participation in physicians’ offices, and study of the function of health-related agencies and institutions within the community. During the eight week orientation, the eight premed students observed in cardiology/catheterization lab, emergency, respiratory, obstetrics and gynecology, radiology, general and orthopedic surgery, anesthesiology, bariatric care, and physicians’ medical specialty practices in the area.

“The orientation is a mutually beneficial program for the students and participating hospitals and physicians.  It gets students out of the books and into the hospital and physician offices where they can see patient care through the eyes of the provider,” Daniel W. Tota, director physician services, UPMC Chautauqua WCA and internship program coordinator, noted. “The students are able to discover career options, gain first-hand experience into the medical profession, and build professional ties to our community.”

To learn more about the paid internship program, please contact Katie Geise at 716-487-5116 or email

About UPMC Chautauqua WCA Medical Student Education Program

 Bert W. Rappole, MD, director medical student education at UPMC Chautauqua WCA, facilitates clinical rotations for students currently enrolled in their third and fourth year of medical school. These rotations allow future physicians an opportunity to participate in clinical education alongside practicing physicians on the medical staff at UPMC Chautauqua WCA. The medical education program at hospital has rotations available in: family practice, internal medicine, general surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, emergency medicine, anesthesiology, urology, cardiology, nephrology, neurology, oncology, occupational health medicine, ophthalmology, pathology, pediatrics, psychiatry, and radiology. To learn more about the program, contact Dr. Bert Rappole at 716-664-8154 or email  For all of the ways your local hospital cares for you, visit


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