Students team up with Mayo

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

AIRMONT — Fairmont High School students with an interest in the medical field recently began shadowing different departments at Mayo Clinic Health System-Fairmont.

Of the eight students, each will spend two consecutive weeks in one department before rotating to another. The departments are: pharmacy, clinic nursing, radiology, oncology, supply chain, rehab, social work and same-day surgery.

“It really came back to our strategic plan,” said Fairmont High School Principal Kim Niss said. “One of the parts within our strategic plan is more partnerships with the community. And we always knew we had this wonderful opportunity, especially with this location. Proximity made it seem like Mayo was the perfect partnership to begin with.”

Niss said that every year in the spring when Dollars for Scholars gives out scholarships to students, she and Vice Principal Andy Traetow keep track as kids receive their awards. They write down their intended major. Health care is always in the top four, along with education, engineering and agriculture.

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