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AHEC Director, Medical Director and Family Medicine Physician Nurtures Health Careers High School Students

Charlotte AHEC Director Mary Hall, MD, has a special place in the hearts of the high school students participating in Charlotte AHEC's Health Careers and Workforce Diversity Program. In February 2010, she accepted an invitation to talk to students about being a family physician. Along with her, she brought three energetic residents. They discussed the good, the bad, and the ugly aspects of this profession. For over an hour, the students were on the edge of their seats as they heard stories about what a day in the life of a physician is like, the joy the profession brings them, and the obstacles they had to overcome.

At the end of the talk, Hall took her dedication to health careers education one step further by inviting the students to shadow her and her staff in the Department of Family Medicine. Parents and students alike were thrilled about the opportunity. Damali, one of the shadowing high school students, did a presentation for parents and students detailing her experience with Dr. Hall and her staff. Overall, she said the experience was wonderful and increased her awareness about the operations of the practice, the different skills needed to be an effective physician, the variety of health care professionals that work together in the practice, and the busy life of a physician. The Charlotte AHEC Health Careers Program wishes to thank Hall for taking time out of her busy schedule to nurture health careers students and for providing this wonderful opportunity for them.