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Volunteer program gives teens real world hospital experience

Sierra Goff Sierra Goff

More than two dozen teens were, as of Tuesday, getting an opportunity to experience first hand what it's like to work in a hospital. Over the Summer, around 35 teens were scheduled to volunteer at SGMC in Valdosta and shadow doctors.

Putting fresh sheets on a hospital bed may not seem like meaningful work, but for 17 year old volunteer Sierra Goff, it's an opportunity she's glad to have.

"Since I was little, I've always just loved kids and children and wanted to see them get better," Goff elucidated in response to being asked why she choose to volunteer in pediatrics.

Around 70 people applied for the volunteer program, but less than 40 were accepted. 2015 was Goff's 4th year with the program. "It's definitely shown me that I want to pursue a career in the medical field," said Goff.

The teens were scheduled to work in various areas of the hospital two days a week for about eight weeks. Goff said she would spend much of her time answering phones, opening doors, and making beds. But, she said regardless of the work just being in the hospital had taught her a lot.

"One of the biggest things would probably be how the hospital operates, how it runs, what it's like to work in the hospital," Goff explained.

It's also taught her skills that she believes will help her achieve her goal of attaining a job in the medical field. "Like, Organization skills, how to help others. That's huge," Goff emphasized.

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