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Aspiring Surgeon Connects with Health Professionals
Erie 1 BOCES has selected Katie Eaton, a senior from Williamsville East High School, as the featured student of the month. Katie was selected from BOCES’ instructional cooperative of 2,700 students across the region. She is currently enrolled in the BOCES Connections program at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital under the instruction of Marjorie Marasco.  Katie was selected because of her high grade point average and her school participation. She applied for the competitive BOCES program, which gives honors-level high school seniors the opportunity to learn about various hospital careers, following encouragement from two friends who are now studying medicine in college.  “I enjoy the challenges,” said Katie. “The clinical rotations are a great learning experience. The physicians and hospital staff are incredibly friendly and willing to share their knowledge.”  Katie aspires to become a surgeon. She plans to pursue premedical studies next fall and is currently waiting to receive word of acceptance from the universities where she applied.  “Getting to know the students in my class, who are from other school districts, is a wonderful experience; we are like a family,” added Katie.  Erie 1 BOCES Connections program, which is part of an honors-level track called New Visions, is a four-credit program where students spend three hours each day at a designated hospital site taking course work and observing all aspects of health careers. In addition to Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, other classes take place at Kaleida Health’s Buffalo General Hospital and the Veterans Affairs Hospital. Students who apply are required to demonstrate strong English and communication skills, have completed three years of science, be academically prepared with a proven attendance record and be responsible for their own transportation.  As part of public education, Erie 1 BOCES offers a variety of career and technical programs during the regular school day to high school students in Erie County. High school students interested in learning more about how they can participate in various programs such as New Visions, web and gaming technologies, health careers or aviation technology, should visit www.e1b.org/cte or speak with their high school counselor.  
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