Career Day at Shoreline Medical Center

Physician Assistant Joe Castro helps Westbrook juniors (from foreground to background) Madison Reyes (partially shown), Sara Faucher,and Madeline Farrell sew wound-closing sutures in pig’s feet, donated by Stop & Shop.
Physician Assistant Joe Castro helps Westbrook juniors (from foreground to background) Madison Reyes (partially shown), Sara Faucher,and Madeline Farrell sew wound-closing sutures in pig’s feet, donated by Stop & Shop. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier

Career Day is an institution at Middlesex Hospital Shoreline Medical Center in Essex. Started 12 years ago by now-retired nurse Rhonda Forristall, the program introduces local high school students to the different kinds of careers available in medicine, not simply with lectures or films, but with actual hands-on involvement in basic medical practices. They visit stations at which Middlesex staffers demonstrate how to draw blood, how to suture wounds, how to intubate a patient, and how to read x-rays and various kinds of scans, among other things. All students see a demonstration, and then try to procedure themselves. The program, the only one of its kind in this area, has received a public service award from the Connecticut Hospital Association. Students from Clinton, Haddam-Killingworth, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, and Westbrook participated in this year's program. This year Middlesex nurses Joe Pucillo and Zoe McGlamery organized the program.

Physical therapist Claudette Taylor demonstrates on Morgan School junior Tasha Walker how to use a muscle stimulator.
Physical therapist Claudette Taylor demonstrates on Morgan School junior Tasha Walker how to use a muscle stimulator. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier
Lyme-Old Lyme High School junior Jolia Styracharz practices intubating a life-sized dummy under the guidance of EMT Michael Nieliwocki.
Lyme-Old Lyme High School junior Jolia Styracharz practices intubating a life-sized dummy under the guidance of EMT Michael Nieliwocki. Photo by Rita Christopher/The Courier
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