Eleven Agnes Irwin students have been selected to participate in the Girls in Medicine Program (GIM), a one-year enrichment program for highly motivated and talented high school girls interested in pre-medicine and health care careers.
The program is designed to help high school girls increase clinical knowledge, understand hospital practices, and discover career opportunities in health care. GIM participants will engage with medical professionals through specialty lectures and hands-on clinical interactive activities at Phoenixville Hospital and Paoli Hospital. In this inaugural group, 11 of the 50 accepted students are from Agnes Irwin.
GIM "has grown far beyond our expectations. We talked about starting the program and had no idea we would have such great interest on both ends — mentors, hospitals, and all of the participants,” said Marrea Walker-Smith, director of the Girls in Medicine Program.
Chosen for the program are Hailey Andress '17, Ally Aronsky '18, Alexandra Biddison '18, Paige DiLullo '19, Jean-Marie Dundovich '19, Gigi Gardner '17, Maddie Kaller '17, Demetra Karapalides '19, Tait Lamb '19, Xiomara Lozano-Torres '17 and Isabel Manning '19. An acceptance ceremony was held on March 1 at AIS with staff from the program.
GIM was created by The Clinic, which provides comprehensive medical care for the uninsured and underinsured. Located in Phoenixville, The Clinic encompasses family and internal medicine practices, OB/GYN services, an in-house lab, prescription assistance program and more.
GIM involves a one-week intensive program (Aug. 22-26) at two area hospitals. Students are paired with a mentor in their area of interest — mentors include researchers, physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners — whom they will shadow, along with other health care professionals, during two days of rotations during the summer. Throughout the school year, students will develop individual research projects under the guidance of their mentors, write blogs about their experiences, and more.
According to The Clinic's website, GIM has both a clinical curriculum — encompassing cardiology, emergency medicine, gynecology, pediatric, and physical therapy and other disciplines — as well as a leadership curriculum.
“We are delighted to have 11 girls joining the inaugural Girls in Medicine program,” said Director of College Counseling Connie McEvoy, who spearheaded Agnes Irwin’s involvement in the project along with Science Department Chair Rosann Westmeyer and Director of Service Learning Sarah Kinder. “We look forward to following their progress with this wonderful opportunity, as well as our continued relationship with Girls in Medicine.”
Read more about Girls in Medicine on The Clinic's website.
Top: Chosen for the program are Alexandra Biddison '18, Paige DiLullo '19, Jean-Marie Dundovich ’19, Maddie Kaller '17, Demetra Karapalides '19, Tait Lamb '19, Xiomara Lozano-Torres '17 and Isabel Manning ’19. Not pictured: Hailey Andress '17, Ally Aronsky '18, Gigi Gardner ’17.
Bottom: Marrea Walker-Smith, director of the Girls in Medicine Program, addresses students and faculty on March 1.