Medical Mentoring of the Fox Valley has been recognized with a Silver level award from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. The award recognizes the ongoing support of organizations contributing to the Business Friends of Education program and their commitment to helping students.
“It is vital that we continue to emphasize talent development and commit to bettering our communities so we can develop future employees and Wisconsin-based employment opportunities for our youth,” said Tony Evers, Wisconsin State Superintendent.
Orthopedic & Sports Institute’s Dr. David Eggert founded the mentoring program in 2006 as a way to enhance career aspirations of high school students by providing job shadowing experiences with area medical professionals.
Initially begun with 13 students from Appleton East High School, the program now offers opportunities for over 100 students from 16 area high schools.
Program co-directors Tammy Oppermann and Katie Olp coordinate the experiences for the high school juniors, placing them at nearly 30 provider sites in the valley over the course of the summer.
“It takes all of us collectively to continue to serve the youth of our communities with these unique mentoring opportunities,” said Oppermann.
The program represents a significant portion of the future of the medical community, and each year program graduates attest to the power of the experience.
“I am so grateful to have had this experience in the medical field because it helped me decide which area of medicine I wanted to pursue,” said Hortonville’s Hayley Vandenboom.
Participants selected for the 2018 program begin their experience in May.