Eight Villa Maria students were welcomed into the Girls in Medicine Program (GIM), a six month enrichment program for highly motivated and talented high school girls interested in pre-medicine and healthcare careers. On Thursday, Caitlin Azarian, Haley Croft, Gabriella Harris, Josephine Heppelmann, Elizabeth McClatchy, Lydia McLachlan, Riley Miller, and Shannon Smith received certificates from GIM program director Marrea Walker-Smith.
During the summer healthcare intensive, students attend a one week academic and hands-on-learning course held on the grounds of Paoli Hospital. For the second week of the healthcare intensive, students will have one-week clinical rotation experience at Phoenixville Hospital. At the end of the summer healthcare intensive, students will be paired with a mentor for 6 months. Depending on the mentor, students may have additional shadow opportunities or receive support on a project.
GIM is sponsored by The Clinic in Phoenixville, an organization providing comprehensive medical care for the uninsured and underserved.