Sixty area high school and college students are exploring a career in medicine through the program

The Dignity Health Central Coast Physician Mentoring Program is kicking off with more than 60 local high school and college student participants taking part in orientation on June 18th, and you are invited to come learn more about this important program.

WHO: Members of the media are invited to attend a portion of the student orientation for the Dignity Health Central Coast Physician Mentoring Program.  A physician mentor and student participants will be available to speak to the media at the event, and for photos as they don their lab coats. Members of the media wanting to attend the orientation are asked to R.S.V.P. to Dignity Health Central Coast Marketing Specialist Samantha Scroggin at: 739-3594.

WHAT: High School and college students from across the Central Coast are attending an orientation that marks the beginning of two months of mentorship by more than 70 experienced physicians, dentists and physician assistants. The Physician Mentoring program involves mentors from Arroyo Grande Community Hospital (AGCH) and Marian Regional Medical Center (MRMC), and a three day per week commitment by the students. The program is designed to inspire college students and high school juniors and seniors to pursue a career in medicine, and involves shadowing mentors as they care for patients. This year’s Physician Mentoring Program begins on June 23rd and concludes on August 8th.

WHERE: The Conference Center at Marian Regional Medical Center, located at the corner of South Palisade Drive and West Church Street in Santa Maria.

WHEN:          Wed., June 18th at 11:15 a.m.

WHY: The Dignity Health Central Coast Physician Mentoring Program aims to expose students who have an interest in pursuing a medical career to a variety of specialties within the medical field. The program also conveys to participants the realities and importance of a career in medicine. The student participants must be at least 17 years old and are recommended for the program by their school counselor.

CONTACT: Members of the media who would like to attend the June 18th orientation are asked to contact Samantha Scroggin at (805) 739-3594 or samantha.scroggin@dignityhealth.org.

About Dignity Health

Dignity Health, one of the nation’s five largest health care systems, a 21-state network of nearly 11,000 physicians, 56,000 employees, and more than 300 care centers, including hospitals, urgent and occupational care, imaging centers, home health, and primary care clinics.  Headquartered in San Francisco, Dignity Health is dedicated to providing compassionate and affordable high-quality, patient-centered care with special attention to the poor and underserved.  In 2012, Dignity Health provided $1.6 billion in charitable care and services.  For more information, please visit our website at www.dignityhealth.org.  You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.