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July 19, 2017 - Summer Scrubs program gives teens real world insight into healthcare careers

Summer-Scrubs.jpgMOBILE, Ala. -- Rising high school seniors interested in health care careers are getting an up-close and personal look at what it takes to work in a hospital this week through the Summer Scrubs program.

Summer Scrubs is a free, three-day career exploration opportunity for eleventh grade students in Mobile and Baldwin counties, who are interested in learning more about healthcare careers. USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital staff invite dozens of students onto its campuses to provide direct mentorship to the teens during the week of July 18-20, 2017.

“Summer Scrubs truly was an awesome experience that allowed me to look at careers in the medical field I had previously not known much about, and also learn more about the careers that I had already been interested in.” -- Summer Scrubs participant from 2016.

Summer-Scrubs-2.jpgStudents spend their time at different healthcare sites, interacting and observing health professionals on the job in a “real world” environment. Activities range from researching current medical topics, to learning about how to set broken bones. One of the biggest draws of interest for many of the students interested in career in obstetrics is typically the simulation of a baby’s delivery.

To participate, students must be in the eleventh grade and have an interest in attending college to pursue a career in healthcare. The selected students will also have at least a 2.5 GPA, no record or disciplinary action, and no unexcused school absences.  

More than 125 students took part in 2016’s program, adding to the 1,600 students that already participated in the program since its start 15 years ago. Of 126 participants in the 2016 Summer Scrubs program, ,78 were surveyed afterward. Some 60 percent reported having an interest in pursuing careers as Doctors of Medicine or Registered Nurses.

Summer Scrubs extends through July 20 and is presented by the Bay Area Healthcare Coalition and the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Workforce Development.  To learn more about the program, please visit

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