Cody Dolloff – A Jour­ney into the World of Health­care

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS BRIEFS - Scott Wheeler, Spe­cial col­lab­o­ra­tion New­port, VT

Aju­nior at Lake Re­gion Union High School, Cody Dolloff of Al­bany, Ver­mont isn’t ex­actly sure what he wants to do with his life. The one thing he does know is he wants to work in the world of health­care.

“I re­ally want to be able to help peo­ple,” Cody said while he and 19 other high school students from around the north­ern half of the state spent a day at North Coun­try Hospi­tal in New­port. They were part of a pro­gram called MedQuest.

Hosted by North­east­ern Ver­mont Area Health Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­ter ( AHEC), MedQuest gives 9th and

10th grade students the op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore count­less ca­reers in the health­care field. Dur­ing the week-long pro­gram, par­tic­i­pants live in col­lege dorms and travel to var­i­ous health­care fa­cil­i­ties around the North­east King­dom. They learn about health­care op­por­tu­ni­ties, shadow health­care pro­fes­sion­als, and learn what they need to do to ful­fill their dreams. The pro­gram is led by staff with ex­ten­sive clin­i­cal and health ed­u­ca­tion ex­pe­ri­ence. Su­per­vi­sion and lead­er­ship is pro­vided by students from the UVM Col­lege of Medicine, who serve as as­sis­tant di­rec­tors. Dur­ing the week, the students also be­come cer­ti­fied in CPR and First Aid.

“Al­though it can be dif­fi­cult try­ing to get ev­ery­one into the de­part­ments of their choice, it is so re­ward­ing to lis­ten to them at lunch say how en­joy­able the morn­ing ses­sion was, and how ex­cited they are for the af­ter­noon,” Rita Per­rault said. Rita, who is the ad­min­is­tra­tive as­sis­tant for Pa­tient Care Ser­vices at North Coun­try, as­sists MedQuest lead­ers with their needs as well as the students dur­ing the day­long stay at North Coun­try. Watch­ing the en­thu­si­asm of the students as they go about their day, she said she wishes she’d had a simi- lar op­por­tu­nity when she was in high school.”

Un­til three years ago, Cody said he had no idea what he wanted to do with his life af­ter high school. How­ever, he said that be­gan to change three years ago with the birth of his lit­tle brother. Born with se­vere dis­abil­i­ties, Cody said his brother has spent months of his life hos­pi­tal­ized. He in­creas­ingly be­came in­ter­ested in the health­care field as he watched and learned while health­care pro­fes­sion­als met the med­i­cal needs of his brother.

“MedQuest has been worth it,” Cody said, adding it pro­vided him the op­por­tu­nity to learn about a va­ri­ety of health­care pro­fes­sions, some which he’d like to ex­plore more, while oth­ers he found he has no in­ter­est in.

“I think MedQuest is a great op­por­tu­nity,” Nancy Noble said as Cody changed into hospi­tal scrubs pre­par­ing to spend time in the hospi­tal’s Sur­gi­cal Ser­vices Depart­ment. “It’s a great way to get high school students in­ter­ested in health­care.” Nancy is the Clin­i­cal Co­or­di­na­tor of the depart­ment.

“I am proud that North Coun­try is able to be a part of this im­pres­sive pro­gram that helps these fu­ture lead­ers ex­plore and ex­pe­ri­ence the re­wards that come with serv­ing in the health­care pro­fes­sion,” Clau­dio Fort, CEO, said. “This would not be pos­si­ble with­out the as­sis­tance of many of our em­ploy­ees and physi­cians who have taken the time and ef­fort to help pro­vide these students with a pos­i­tive and mean­ing­ful ex­pe­ri­ence here at North Coun­try Hospi­tal.”

Hope­fully many of the MedQuest students and their ad­vis­ers will some­day be help­ing meet the med­i­cal needs of Ver­mon­ters and other Amer­i­cans.

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Cody Dolloff of Al­bany was one of 20 MedQuest students to spend July 18 at North Coun­try Hospi­tal.

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MedQuest students came from around the North­ern half of Ver­mont.

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