Medical Assisting Students Gain Experience During Clinical/Job Shadow Experiences
Business Academy – Medical Assisting: After many weeks of acquiring skills in the classroom, students are now concluding their clinical experiences. This is an educational experience; whereas, eligible students were placed in the communi ty working alongside career professionals for an eight week (approx. 25+ hours) clinical/job shadow experience. There are many businesses that have opened their doors to our students for this wonderful career learning experience. Without their cooperation, the educational exposure to these careers would significantly be limited to a classroom and a textbook. These are very busy businesses that went out of their way to provide positive, informative, interactive educational experiences to help our students get a better look at their career interests. Our most sincere thanks go to the following businesses that support our students and programs with clinical and/or job shadow experiences: Southern Maine Health Care Center, Saco Bay Physical Therapy, SMHC PrimeCare Pediatrics (Biddeford), Kennebunk PrimeCare SMHC Physician Associates, Dr. Gary Winn’s Office, Biddeford High School, Dr. Marc Malon’s Chiropractic Office, Biddeford Animal Hospital, SMHC PrimeCare Family Practice & Pediatrics (Saco), SMHC Radiology Dept, Saco Fire Department – EMS, Dr. Dean G. Tourigny’s Office – DDS, Dr. Beverly Stoops Office, UNE Health Care, John F. Kennedy School, SMHC Visiting Nurses, Kenneally and Steed Dental, BHS Athletic Trainer, Plastics and Hand Surgical Associates, Just for Kids Dental, Sue Richardson OT, Animal Medical Association, Maine Medical Center, Truslow Adult Day Care, Goodall Hospital, Huntington Commons, Biddeford Community Dental Center and Kennebunk Veterinary Hospital.Students truly valued their individual experiences. Important contacts/references in this field were acquired and new friendships were formed. Needless to say without the willingness, generosity and patience these businesses extended to our program and our students, these types of beyond school wall — “real world experiences” would not be possible and are greatly valued career exploration opportunities.