Programs for high school and college students
High school students interested in learning more about careers in medicine and nursing should consider the Wake Forest School of Medicine Camp Med program. This program was designed to recruit, educate, and prepare high school students for careers in health professions. Students gain exposure to numerous healthcare specialties over a five-day period. As part of the Camp Med program, students will learn about nurse anesthesia and try their hand at some anesthesia techniques. For more information about Camp Med, click here: Camp Med Brochure.
Volunteer opportunities: We host one teen volunteer at a time, typically during the summer months, as we prepare for the upcoming academic year. Individuals interested in volunteering opportunities may contact the office of volunteer services at (336) 713-3514. We can also provide internship opportunities for college students studying nursing or science.
For college students with aspirations toward a career in nurse anesthesia, a summer internship can provide an opportunity for real-world experience in the setting of a healthcare graduate educational program, along with unique observation opportunities in other areas of the hospital and surgery. The internship is unpaid, but the intern will gain experience performing work functions that can benefit their ultimate career goals, and begin to build a resume for their graduate school application. Information about the internship objectives and requirements is found here. An abundance of applications were received in 2016. To be considered for the 2017 summer internship, please submit application between December 1, 2016 and February 28, 2017. We can also support internships during the school year, for students who can devote at least one day per week for at least 12 weeks.
Below is a letter from one of our former interns, describing her experience.
Thank you for the amazing opportunity to work with you as the Nurse Anesthesia Intern. I had a great experience and I learned so much about the field of nursing anesthesia and about what a great program you run.
I knew I was interested in a career in nurse anesthesia, but this summer gave me an even better glimpse of what it would be like to be a student in the program and to be working in the OR as a CRNA. The CRNAs and SRNAs I was fortunate enough to be with in the OR were very generous about allowing me to observe and participate during the surgical cases. I asked a ton of questions and learned a lot from all of them.
I am going into my senior year at a completely different place than where I started. I feel confident in the direction I am headed with my career and I look forward to finding out what’s next. I am excited to go into this year with the experience I have gained over the past few months and talk to my peers about their various experiences. I bet none of them can say they learned how to intubate!
I was so fortunate to be able to attend the H3A on two different occasions and to practice skills with the rest of the group in the skills lab, mock OR/simulation, and cadaver lab. I feel like I am ahead of the game and I can’t wait to learn more!
I had a great summer working with all of you and I appreciate the time you each took one-on-one with me to teach me certain skills and to make my experience in the nurse anesthesia program a very memorable one.
Here is an excerpt from another letter from a former intern who is in nursing school.
As I am exposed more and more to the hands on learning,
such as skills lab, SIM lab, and health assessment, I am overwhelmed with
gratitude for the early exposure I received at Wake Forest. Even something as
simple as learning to draw up medications has placed me a cut above when it
comes to my peers. Not to mention, the exposure I received at Wake has given me
countless dots to connect my current learning to which, in turn, is making my
didactic education a smoother, more exciting process!
Just want to thank you again for
your investment into my education and future.