The Women in Science & Healthcare (WISH) program expands the minds and vision of students who are interested in entering healthcare and other scientific fields. Students are exposed to many aspects of the healthcare industry through field trips, clinical workshops, speaker series, and a clinical immersion experience at St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco.
Benefits of WISH
- Students are exposed to a variety of career options in healthcare beyond physician or registered nurse.
- Students develop a fundamental understanding and skill set in basic life saving techniques.
- Awareness of emerging topics and research in select healthcare areas.
- Completion of advanced placement & honors coursework in math & science.
9th Grade - WISH students complete a one year clinical experience at St. Mary’s Medical Center where they benefit from interactions with clinical staff and observation of select medical procedures. Students take intermediate to advanced coursework in math and science
(Integrated Math I or II & Biology).
10th Grade - Students continue their exploration of health professions via monthly presentations. Past speakers have included physician assistants, practitioners of Chinese medicine, nurse practitioners, rehabilitation therapists (physical & occupational), forensic pathologists, EMTs,
and lab technicians. Advanced coursework in math and science continues.
11th Grade - WISH students participate in clinical workshops (e.g. CPR & 1st Aid, suturing techniques) and participate in school wide health awareness and research projects. Honors and Advanced Placement coursework in the areas of science and math is expected.
12th Grade - As part of Mercy’s Christian Service Program, WISH students engage in a healthcare related Culminating Service Project. Seniors also organize a school blood drive. Advanced Placement coursework in the areas of science and math is expected. WISH students are encouraged to volunteer over the summer and to attend health related workshops and programs offered in the community.
Selection into this competitive program is based on the following criteria:
- Grades in Mathematics and Science (7th & 8th grade).
- HSPT or other standardized test scores.
- Two letters of recommendation from an academic source.
- Completion of WISH Special Program application
Wish Program Coordinator
Math and Engineering Instructor