MASH students glimpse inner working of health care

September 29, 2017 GMT

NEEDLES — Multiple Avenues of Successful Health Care (MASH) program is an intense two week health care internship program that exposes high school students to a variety of health care careers.

The MASH program was first coordinated by the former Bullhead Regional Economic Development Authority in conjunction with Valley View Medical Center in Ft. Mohave, Western Arizona Regional Medical Center in Bullhead City and the Colorado River Union High School District. Students from the Clark County School district and Mohave Accelerated learning Center joined the program in 2014 and the Needles Unified School District has participated for a third consecutive year.

Recently two Needles High School students, Regan Paget and Kaylee Willis, were a part of the MASH program at Valley View Medical Center, one of two places that held the internship.

“When we got there each department that we visited had something for us to do so it was a very hands on internship,” said Paget, a senior at NHS.

Students who participate in the MASH internship program spend 80 hours of their summer shadowing health care professionals in all areas of the hospital.

“I liked being able to go through all of the departments and see what there is because going in I wasn’t set on one aspect of health care and it was nice to have experience with them to figure out what I want to do,” said Willis, also a senior at NHS.

Going into the MASH program Paget and Willis knew that they would learn new things about health careers.

“What kind of took me by surprise was all of the different departments that make up a hospital and all of the health care careers that are out there,” saidWillis.

Both Paget and Willis were able to witness surgeries that ranged from carpel tunnel surgery to hip reconstruction and c-section surgeries.

“When I was watching the surgeries I noticed that the people involved really liked their job and enjoyed what they were doing,” said Paget. “A lot of the people who we talked to during the internship were very up front with us and told us the good and the bad of their position. This helped me a lot because when you’re on the outside you don’t really see what goes on.”