Florence One School Students Graduate from Health Sciences Work-Based Honors Class

Florence One Schools Seniors in the Health Sciences Work-Based Honors class took part in a graduation program on May 27 at the McLeod Medical Plaza.

During the spring semester, 23 students spent the semester observing and learning about the medical field at McLeod Regional Medical Center and conducting a research project to help the hospital. The class was created by a partnership of the Pee Dee Area Health Education Center, McLeod Health and the Florence Career Center. The program focuses on giving students a firsthand experience with health care careers. Students interacted with professionals in different areas of the hospital, and then completed rotations in various departments, ranging from occupational therapy to pediatrics.
All 23 students created a presentation to showcase what they learned and how the program affected their career goals. In addition to briefing parents and health care professionals about their time in rotations, the students also presented projects they worked on during the semester. Students were required to conduct research and serve a population in the hospital — health care professionals or patients. Projects varied from developing a diabetes support group for pediatric patients with diabetes to meet others and learn from the pediatric endocrinologist to creating a QR code and website navigation tool in nine different languages to help patients and visitors get information.