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High School Students Shadow Doctors for a Day

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Emily Flangoes shadows Dr Stephen Rashleigh for a day Emily Flangoes shadows Dr Stephen Rashleigh for a day

If you knew then what you know today, would you be in the same job-- or would you have switched careers?

Some hard-working Chatham County students got their chance to preview what life might be like after school and in the real world.  

This is a normal day for Dr Stephen Rashleigh.  

But the young lady working with him would normally be in class, not a doctor's office.

"See that it's not just a lot about knowledge," said Emily Flangoes, Savannah Arts Academy student. "It's about communicating with people and helping them."

Emily Flangoes is a Savannah Arts Academy student with dreams of being a doctor one day.  

Thanks to the Georgia Medical Society, at least for this day, her dream is coming true.

She's one of 10 students and 27 doctors all involved in the Preceptorship program.

"I'm glad I get to experience all the different fields besides just the one that I was thinking about," said Emily. "Seeing the wider range of every single specialty they have."

"I think there's a whole bunch of things about being a doctor you don't know about from watching TV and movies or even reading about it," said Dr Stephen Rashleigh. "It's nice to come in and see what a day in the life of a doctor is."

Its a hands on lesson is designed to get high schoolers on the track toward a medical career.  

But did it work?

"I just think it's interesting. I couldn't see myself doing anything other than that."

All ten of the students were selected by their Principals to participate in the program.

The Preceptorship program has been around for more than a decade and several of its graduates have gone on to full careers in the medical field

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