Women & Girls Fund Provides Aspiring Doctor a First Hand Look at Medicine
November 20, 2017
Each year, members of The Women and Girls Fund evaluate grant proposals and make awards to promising local programs that benefit local women and girls. Fund members followed up with Noor Sharif, a junior at James Monroe High School who was the recipient of a Women & Girls Fund grant via Open Hand of Fredericksburg (OHF), a non-profit organization that provides paid, summer career building opportunities for area youth.
When the GRAD program caught her attention, she hoped to to increase her knowledge and skills about the workforce. Noor aspires to attend medical school someday and her experience at the Moss Free Clinic last summer gave her first hand experience in the medical profession.
Here’s what Noor had to say in a recent interview with one of our board members:
What did you learn during your internship?
I learned about Allscripts, an electronic program Lloyd F. Moss Free Clinic uses for patient records, scheduling appointments, etc. I also learned how to fax documents. Faxing is such a simple task and I’m a little embarrassed that I didn’t know it.
What were the most difficult challenges?
I don’t think that I encountered any challenges through out this workshop.
What did you like the most?
To be completely honest, I loved everything. There weren’t any parts I didn’t like. The clinic staff was very friendly and supportive. I’m the kind of person who loves staying busy all the time and the staff taught me new things so I wouldn’t get bored. And if there was anything I didn’t know how to do, they took their time to explain it to me. It was a wonderful experience.
What advice would you give future interns or your peers who may want to work in a professional setting?
I would tell them not to be nervous. Before my first day at Moss Free Clinic I was a little nervous. Even though I had volunteered there before, this time I knew that I would be there for a longer period, and that I’d be working with new people. But all that nervousness went away my first day. Everyone at the Clinic was like a one big family. Overall, this internship was an amazing opportunity and I would recommend it to all my friends.
How did your experience influence your career and/or personal goals?
I hope to go to medical school one day and be a Medical Doctorate, and working in a clinical environment really helped me better understand the health care profession. I learned about new careers apart from being a doctor and that helped me broaden my perspective. There are so many health care professions out there and some of them I didn’t even know about. I think that this internship helped me immensely and I am grateful to be given this wonderful opportunity.
About Open Hand of Fredericksburg
Confidence and workforce skills for sustainable employment are some of the many benefits local girls acquire through programs led by Open Hand of Fredericksburg (OHF), a non-profit organization that provides paid, summer career building opportunities for area youth. OHF partners with local businesses and organizations to offer underserved youth in their Graduates Reaching An Accessible Destiny (GRAD) program, hands-on employment opportunities to develop essential skills and experience for sustainable employment. GRAD includes paid summer internships, placing girls with employers that match their professional interests and goals. The comprehensive program includes education workshops, leadership development and long term mentor relationships.
The Women and Girls Fund funded three GRAD internships to introduce local girls to professional career experiences in 2017. Click here for more information about The Women and Girls Fund grantmaking history.
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