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Beachwood Schools, University Hospitals to Create Medical Program for High School Students

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A major hospital system and highly-rated school district are teaming up to create a four-year medical program for high school students.

University Hospitals and the Beachwood school district say the venture will better prepare students for medical careers. It’ll be a blend of Honors and Advanced Placement courses with internships and summer course work in University Hospitals facilities.

“We know that a sizable number of our students enter careers in medicine or in the sciences, and this is one way that we felt we could partner with a relatively new neighbor in Beachwood, that is Ahuja Medical Center in the greater University Hospitals system, in trying to capture the resources of both our schools and of that organization toward a common good,” Beachwood school district Superintendent Richard Markwardt says.

And University Hospitals Vice President for Corporate Health P.J. Hrehocik says not everyone in the program needs to become a doctor. She says aspiring researchers, nurses, and administrators can all benefit.

University Hospitals and the Beachwood school district expect to launch the academy in fall of 2014.

Superintendent Markwardt estimates about 100 students of varying grade levels will be enrolled once the program is underway.

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