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Shriners Hospital partners with San Joaquin Medical Society to create unique experience for students

Monday, July 7, 2014

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) Twenty-four students from San Joaquin County will travel to Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California on Friday, July 11, from 2 – 4 p.m., to discover what it is like to work in a top-rated pediatric hospital. The visit is part of Decision Medicine, a two-week long program organized by the San Joaquin Medical Society to introduce outstanding students to the field of medicine.

Dr. Michelle James, chief of orthopaedic surgery at the Northern California Shriners Hospital will address the students before they tour the hospital’s orthotics and prosthetics lab and engage in a supervised medical play activity with children in the hospital’s central activity area organized by the hospital’s child life team.

Shriners is one of several health care organizations working in partnership with the medical society to create a unique experience for students interested in pursuing careers in medicine. The students will learn from leaders in the field of pediatric orthopaedics. For the third consecutive year, the Shriners Hospital in Sacramento has been ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of America’s best children’s hospitals for pediatric orthopaedics, in conjunction with the UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

Decision Medicine introduces students to the field of medicine through personal mentoring opportunities and site visits to some of the greater Sacramento regional hospitals, clinics and public health centers. Participants are challenged with real world decisions as they explore the many facets of a career as a physician. The program is limited to a small group of 24 participants each year for maximum impact.

Shriners Hospitals is dedicated in helping future generations of medical professionals and is committed to the benefits of hands- on programs to help students prepare for their futures.

About the northern California Shriners Hospitals for Children
Shriners Hospitals for Children is devoted to transforming the lives of children through excellence in treatment, teaching and research. Located at 2425 Stockton Boulevard in Sacramento, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California provides care to children with orthopaedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, burns, cleft lip, scars from any cause, and other complex surgical needs. There are no barriers to care as admission is based on age and diagnosis. For further information call (916) 453-2000 or go online to www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.