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Power Ties 2013 Introduces 8th Graders to Healthcare Careers


(March 5, 2013) On Thursday, February 28, Ochsner’s Academic Outreach office held its Seventh Annual Power Ties Event, this year at Ochsner Baptist Medical Center. With partners New Orleans Outreach, the Junior League of New Orleans, and Samuel J. Green Charter School, Academic Outreach provided an opportunity for 8th graders to expand their knowledge of the professional world of healthcare.

Eight students from Samuel Green participated in job shadows with several professionals from departments within the Ochsner Health System. These students—Michael Aiola, Mygelle Calvin, Melvanisha Davis, Ryiah Ester, Marchelle Horton, Henry Johnson, Barry Trigg, and Joshua Van Norman—were eager to learn about the career fields that interest them.

Students learned 25 medical terminology elements before being paired with volunteer mentors from Ochsner Baptist’s Pharmacy, Med/Surg Unit, Primary Care, and Healthy Back Program, plus mentors from Elmwood’s Sports Medicine. Students not only observed their mentors’ workplaces, but were also able to discuss the education, training, and skills necessary to be successful in each career track. The Samuel Green students, Ochsner mentors, and special guests then enjoyed a business lunch during which students were able to speak with employees and share their job shadow and overall Power Ties experience with the group.

Academic Outreach thanks Christie Talamo Kreller, Physician Liaison at Ochsner Baptist Medical Center, for her significant work in helping to coordinate Power Ties 2013, as well as all the Ochsner staff members who played roles in making this event a success, including Toni Lorino, Mandi Corkern, Shalonda Raymond, Anna Wilson, Erin McCarroll, Graylin Jacobs, Soleil McSpadden, Dr. Jawed Alam, Dee McCloskey, Anna Combes, Peter Hope, Caitlin Brewster, and Alex Hurst.

Academic Outreach is a service of the Department of Community Outreach. For more information about this and similar programs or to get involved, contact the Academic Outreach office at 504-842-3237, email educationoutreach@ochsner.org, or visit the Academic Outreach website

 Power Ties 2013

Students join a game to get to know the Ochsner employees in attendance, including mentor Shalonda Raymond and guest Alex Hurst.




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