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Interns get summer experience at hospitals

Healthy future: Some of the 38 students enrolled in the 12-week Bermuda Hospitals Board summer student programme

Almost 40 Bermudian students from a wide range of academic disciplines found employment with the Bermuda Hospitals Board for its summer student programme.

Programme manager Asia Ming-Raynor said that 38 interns studying at 29 different institutions in Bermuda, Canada, Curacao, Cyprus, Britain and the US worked at the hospitals this year.

She said that the annual 12-week programme was open to college and university students in clinical and non-clinical fields of study and offered them opportunities to gain experience, develop skills and make important connections in their chosen field.

“We have seven medical students who are at King Edward Memorial Hospital, two psychology students who are based at our Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute and four nursing students that work across both campuses,” Ms Ming-Raynor added.

Other students are working this summer within facilities management, finance, housekeeping, hospital medical records, human resources, lab, information technology, long-term care, pharmacy, physiotherapy, project management, neurology and imaging services at the hospital.

According to BHB deputy CEO Scott Pearman, the summer programme was revamped and expanded in 2000 to include non-clinical interns.

He said: “While our 2022 intake is lower than pre-pandemic years, we are greatly encouraged by the high calibre of those who have joined us this year.

The programme has been funded by the Bermuda Hospitals Charitable Foundation, which contributed $150,000 this year.

The executive director of the foundation, Lisa Sheppard, said: “An important aspect of the student work experience is that on completion of their studies they are motivated to returned to Bermuda and to BHB.”

The 2022 summer students are:

Llewellyn Burgess, Annefa Burke, Asreal Basden, Ma Jasmin Bacabac, Tahj Cox, Gianluca Cacace, Maya De Silva, Jay-Quan Dill, Justin Ebbin, Delia Ebbin, Haliegh Martin, Ryley Mason, Dedra Hayward, Yanni Gibbons, Jahkera Hill-Ingham, Chantae Hollis, Christopher Jackson, Gabriella Medeiros, Erika Morris, Fatima Muhammad, Sierra Pacheco, Kyon Parfitt, Abigail Powell, Jaeshri Romeo, Shondreka Scraders, Tiara Shine, Kyasia Simmons, Ari Smith, Charlotte Theisen, Keishun Swan, Nathan Titterton, Keiron Tucker, Ceola Wade, Izeya Wainwirght, Destiny White, Katherine White and Diego Wilson.

A total of 236 students have participated in the BHB’s summer programme in the past five years. Of those, 39 were medical students, 191 were general studies students and six were culinary arts students.

Applications for the 2023 summer student programme will be released on the BHB Jobs NOW website in December.