Penwasciz Health Careers Program
...experience and encouragement for the future
Advocate Condell Medical Center provides an early opportunity for high school junior and senior students to learn first-hand about health careers through our educational program, Penwasciz Health Careers. Pronounced “Pen-Wah-Zee,” the name combines the name of three things a health professional always carries: a pen, a watch and scissors. Penwasciz has been an active student-volunteer program at Condell Medical Center for over 50 years.
Penwasciz interns learn about a variety of health care careers through direct patient interactions and observations. The students provide additional support to staff, patients and families in order to enhance the student’s hospital experience.
Hands-on participation allows Penwasciz students to experience healthcare professions first-hand, guiding them as they think about choosing a career in the medical field.
Experience in an actual medical setting as a Penwasciz Intern has inspired many graduates of the program to pursue careers as medical professionals.
Eligibility requirements for the Penwasciz program:
- Exhibit a sincere interest in learning about health careers and a commitment to the program.
- Be a Junior or Senior high school student and maintain a 2.5 GPA throughout the year.
- Attend one full day orientation session (held on a Monday or Tuesday in October) and one 2-hour session per week during the academic year.
- Assume responsibility for assignments and report promptly at beginning of shift.
- Only 2 absences allowed during program.
Becoming a Penwasciz
Thank you for your interest in the 2013/2014 Penwasciz Program. We have completed accepting applications for the 2013-2014 program at this time. Please check back in August 2014 for future information regarding becoming a Penwasciz.
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