New programs helping students pursue healthcare careers

Textbooks and lectures are important, but sometime the best way to learn is through real-world experience, especially when it comes to careers in healthcare. A growing number of schools and hospitals are offering on-site training programs to help students prepare for an array of jobs in the industry. 

A new proposal will give students from the Lincoln-West School of Science & Health the opportunity to participate in lab work and other on-the-job duties at the main hospital of The MetroHealth System in Cleveland, reported Crain's Cleveland. 

And in Evansville, Indiana, area students can enroll in the Health Science Institute at Deaconess Hospital, a two-week program which enables students to observe the ins and outs of daily life in a hospital, including surgeries and live births, according to The News & Observer. The students have busy 15-18 hour days designed to mimic the schedules of doctors. 

Educators and industry leaders are seeing these immersive training programs as a new model for career development services for youth. 

"The more exposure to a job they have, the less intimidated they'll be," wrote Rachel Abbey McCafferty in Crain's Cleveland. "Just sending industry representatives into schools isn't effective." 

A growing number of schools and hospitals are offering on-site training programs to help students prepare for an array of careers in the industry.