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August 14, 2013 Meaghan Haugh
  Lori Shaffer


Summer Program at Cooper University Hospital Introduces
Camden High School Students to Health Care Professions

CAMDEN, N.J. — This summer, 22 Camden high school students had a chance to work and learn about health care professions as part of Cooper University Hospital’s Summer Youth Employment and Mentorship Program.

During the six-week program, which will run through Friday, August 16, students work 20 hours per week in various departments at Cooper. Students are paired with departments based on their career interest and have the opportunity to interact with clinical staff, including doctors, nurses and technicians, and administrative staff from departments such as finance, information technology, marketing and public relations, and human resources.

“Our goal is to offer students valuable work experience that opens their eyes to the multitude of career opportunities in healthcare,” explained Susan Bass Levin, President and CEO of The Cooper Foundation. 

Throughout the program, organized by The Cooper Foundation and the Human Resources department at Cooper, students had a chance to hear from Cooper employees from both clinical and administrative positions during four-panel series. The panel discussions were geared toward providing participants with a better understanding of potential career paths.

Dashana Trent, who graduated from The Creative Arts Morgan Village Academy in Camden in June, participated in the summer program to learn about pediatrics, an area she had been interested in since she was a child. This summer, she worked in the Department of Pediatrics at Cooper, but discovered a new career interest – disaster medicine – while listening to Dr. Rick Hong, Head, Division of Emergency Medical Services and Disaster Medicine, talk during one of the panel discussions.

“I like how the field is fast pace and you are helping people,” Dashana explained. “By touring the hospital and attending the panel discussions, I learned about the different jobs in the hospital and what people had to do to get there.”

About Cooper University Health Care

Cooper University Health Care is one of the largest health systems in Southern New Jersey with over 100 outpatient offices and its flagship, Cooper University Hospital located in Camden, NJ. It is the premier university hospital serving South Jersey and the Delaware Valley. Cooper has reaffirmed its role as a leader in medical education and research with the opening of Cooper Medical School of Rowan University in 2012, the first four-year allopathic medical school in South Jersey. Cooper is renowned for signature programs in cardiology, cancer, critical care, pediatrics, trauma, orthopaedics and neurosciences. Cooper is also home to the only state designated Children’s Hospital in South Jersey—The Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper. Over the last seven years, Cooper has transformed its Camden City neighborhood into the Cooper Health Sciences Campus. In fall 2013, The Cooper Cancer Institute, a free standing center for comprehensive cancer care, will open on the Health Sciences Campus. Cooper also continues its regional expansion with the opening of new and expanded facilities throughout Camden, Burlington and Gloucester Counties.