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Witkoppen Clinic exposes learners to careers in the medical field

Witkoppen Clinic overflowing with gratitude as it reflects on the incredible opportunity that the Alexandra Education Committee (AEC) recently provided.

Witkoppen Clinic’s staff are overflowing with gratitude as they reflect on the incredible opportunity that the Alexandra Education Committee (AEC) recently provided. The AEC offered a job shadowing programme for high school learners who expressed an interest in pursuing careers in the medical field after completing their matric examinations. This initiative showcased the AEC’s commitment to empowering the youth of Alexandra and highlighted the importance of collaboration between educational institutions and community organisations.

Several esteemed schools participated in this programme, including Holy Family College, Maryvale College, Wendywood High, Waverly Girls High, Vuleka SSB, Curro Kinds, and Future Nations Lyndhurst. These schools are known for their dedication to academic excellence. The AEC, recognising the potential in these young minds, generously provided bursaries to support their educational journey.

The job shadowing opportunity organized by Witkoppen Clinic was a transformative experience for the participating students. It allowed them to witness firsthand the inner workings of a medical facility. They were exposed to various healthcare disciplines and provided invaluable insight into the daily lives of medical professionals. From observing doctors conducting examinations to witnessing nurses administering treatments with compassion, the students gained a profound understanding of the commitment and dedication required for a successful career in medicine.

A learner at Waverley Girls High, Pebetsi Malebana said, “I just wanted to thank my teacher and all those who were part of organizing our day yesterday. I really enjoyed it and learnt a lot about how to talk to patients and many more things. The food was also perfect. A definite day to remember. Thank you.”

Grade 12 learners at Witkopen Clinic.

The programme also fostered mentorship opportunities, as the learners had the privilege of interacting with experienced healthcare practitioners. These mentors enthusiastically shared their knowledge, answering questions and offering guidance to the aspirant students but also instilled in them a sense of confidence and determination to pursue their dreams.

Business Development Manager, Dagmar Kahn said, “A total of 35 Grade 11 and 12 students participated in the programme. The learner job shadowing initiative allowed learners to gain first hand experience in various organisations in the medical field, law sector, financial field, catering sector and veterinary field. Witkoppen Clinic was selected to host 19 students, nine from matric and 10 from Grade 11 on June 26 and June 27. The learners at Witkoppen Clinic job-shadowed our nurses, doctors, and dietician.”

The job shadowing opportunity facilitated by Witkoppen Clinic and supported by the Alexandra Education Committee has provided a life-changing experience for high school students aspiring to pursue medical careers. Through this collaboration, the AEC has demonstrated its commitment to the education and empowerment of the youth in Alexandra. The impact of this initiative will undoubtedly be felt for years to come as these bright young minds continue to positively shape the field of medicine and contribute to the betterment of their community.

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