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Murfreesboro Medical Clinic offers interns inside look

on Friday, 30 June 2017.

 

 

Murfreesboro Medical Clinic offers interns inside look

By: Julie McKelvey, Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce

         Published 11:04 a.m. CT June 29, 2017 

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When high school students Megan Guzman, Grace Millican and Katie Hartman interviewed for the Rutherford Works High School Internship Program, little did they know their experiences over the next month would open them up to a world of possibilities and maybe change the course of their career paths.

“College for me would be about eight years and I always wondered, ‘What if I go in and I don’t like it? What if I don’t like my job every day?’ This experience has really eased my worries about it,” said Guzman, a student in the medical therapeutic program at La Vergne High who is interested in neurology.

Out of more than 250 applicants, only 50 Rutherford County high school students were accepted into the third annual Rutherford Works High School Internship Program, an initiative developed between the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce and Rutherford County Schools. The interns have been placed with various businesses and organizations to work this summer.

All three rising seniors were accepted as interns with Murfreesboro Medical Clinic, commonly known as MMC. Millican and Hartman are both in the health science pathway at their Siegel and Blackman high schools, respectively, and came into the internship set on a specific medical specialty.

Now both want to widen their horizons with different focus areas before making their decision. 

“I felt this gave me real-world medical experience,” Millican said. “I always knew I wanted to go into the medical field, but I had no idea what I wanted to do. While I’ve been here I’ve learned that I love the fast pace of things so now I’m considering emergency medicine.”  

Although it is MMC’s first year to host high school interns, Director of Human Resources Nell Womack-Moore has been pleasantly surprised. 

Katie Hartman, center, has been working in Murfreesboro Medical Clinic's marketing department alongside mentors Lauren Knox, left, and Phoebe Wilkins, right (Photo: SUBMITTED)

“I was so impressed with the maturity, professionalism and medical knowledge of the students we made a decision to allow them to come in and intern,” Womack-Moore said. 

“You have to have certain demeanor when working with patients or even working in the medical clinic in general,” Hartman said about her experience thus far. “You have to do HIPPA training and people have to be able to trust you do right thing.” 

Millican anticipated the internship would involve shadowing clinic staffers during the day. 

“I had no idea I would be so involved in the hands-on experience of the patients, which has just been awesome,” she said.

After several weeks on the job, the trio is already learning the inner workings of the medical clinic.

Millican has become a pro at taking patient vitals before placing them in a patient exam room within the Internal and Family Medicine department, where Guzman has mastered the front desk patient service process.

In the marketing department, Hartman has been working on a project to document and retrace MMC’s history. 

“We have hope,” MMC mentors Amy Teasley and Amy Wolaver said in unison. “We interview people for nursing positions all the time and it gets to be a little worrisome sometimes. These students are awesome.”

As part of the internship program, students earn $10 per hour and are placed in businesses throughout Rutherford County for 16 hours per week during the month of June. On Fridays, students gather at the Chamber of Commerce for soft skill development, such as personal branding, post-secondary planning and networking.

“We only wish this program could last a little bit longer,” MMC office manager Amy Wolaver said. 

“Tennessee has the ninth lowest labor participation rate in the country. Our students must learn to work early so that we may begin to improve that number and fill the many jobs available in Rutherford County today," said Beth Duffield, the chamber's vice president of education and workforce development.

Nissan, Bridgestone, Schwan Cosmetics, Rutherford County government, Murfreesboro Electric, city of Murfreesboro, town of Smyrna, the city of Eagleville and Hot Topic are among those who participated in the Rutherford Works High School Internship Program in 2016 and have hired interns again this year. 

For more information on the Rutherford Works High School Internship Program, please visit www.rutherfordworks.com.