We’re excited to announce that Maggie Macy, RN is joining our team as our 2022 Healthcare Immersion Program (HIP) Coordinator.
Along with being a guide and mentor for student participants, the HIP coordinator is responsible for planning and organizing the program schedule, and managing day-to-day activities, along with administration, evaluations, and working with our Board and marketing teams as needed.
Maggie is an Oakland-based home health nurse. Until recently, she worked as an orthopedic nurse at UC Davis Medical Center in a unit that came to serve mostly COVID-19 patients.
If her name seems familiar to JOF supporters, it’s because Maggie served previously as the HIP coordinator while she was in nursing school, and before that she was a student participant.
"Over the years I feel like I’ve learned a lot. This was such a great program."
Maggie says a key benefit to the program is the view it offers students of the variety of potential career paths in healthcare. "You may decide when you’re 18 that you want to go med school, but I'd say keep an open mind. There are so many jobs you can do in the medical field."
Another benefit beyond learning about career choices was the opportunity to make connections, she said. "That's true with any job or career. Making connections can be really important."
Her top tip for participating students: "Ask a lot of questions. You can feel a bit like you're in the corner when you're shadowing, but it's good to keep asking questions of your preceptors. I always tried to write things down and look them up later."
About the program
JOF’s Healthcare Immersion Program (HIP) is designed to provide college students with a unique, clinical immersion experience in healthcare. The program gives you the opportunity to explore various health fields while shadowing experienced providers as they treat patients.
Whether they're interested in becoming a nurse, a physician, a physician assistant, or a physical or occupational therapist, the Healthcare Immersion Program allows each student the chance to witness the unique aspects of each professional role.
Prerequisites for the program include an interest in a career in the medical field and one completed year of college education.
The cost of the program is $500 per student. Applicants may apply for a program scholarship based on financial need.
The 2022 Healthcare Immersion Program runs July 11-August 5. Student applications are due Friday, June 17, and can be submitted on our HIP Application page.
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