Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Somerville Medical Sciences Academy

I am pleased to announce the Somerville Medical Sciences Academy (SMSA), an exciting joint venture between Somerville Public Schools and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset (RWJ).  RWJ's recent acquisition of Somerset Medical Center afforded this unique opportunity for our high school students.

Students enrolled in the SMSA will learn first hand about the many health care careers available and gain valuable knowledge, skills, and experiences in a hospital setting that cannot be duplicated in a traditional high school classroom.  SMSA students will receive an exclusive opportunity to shadow hospital professionals during the first portion of their day in a "field experience" at RWJ.   For the remainder of their day, SMSA students will attend traditional classes, eat lunch, and participate in extracurricular activities on the Somerville High School campus.  The goal of the program will be to challenge students academically while stimulating interest in health related professions and to motivate students with an aptitude for math and science to pursue post-secondary education.

There are a limited number of openings for the program and therefore applicants will be screened through a selection process.  The SMSA has a limit of 15 students per cohort, per year.  A complete list of the courses for the program can be seen in the link below.  Interested 8th grade students from Somerville and Branchburg can apply to be a part of the SMSA through the district homepage or by clicking here.

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