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White Plains Hospital, High School Students Form Dynamic Healthcare Team

Students are getting a firsthand look at medicine thanks to White Plains Hospital's immersion program for Westchester teens.
Students are getting a firsthand look at medicine thanks to White Plains Hospital's immersion program for Westchester teens. Photo Credit: White Plains Hospital

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. --  While her other friends were curled up watching Netflix on a typical school night, Carly Glickenhaus found herself enjoying a very different experience at White Plains Hospital.

"I never expected to find myself wrapping my hands around a human colon in the pathology lab at White Plains Hospital,” said Glickenhaus, a 2016 graduate of Scarsdale High School.

Glickenhaus and other ambitious seniors are part of the hands-on White Plains Hospital Clinical Tutorial program (WPHCT), a semester-long educational program offered by the hospital. “Programs like this are more important than ever because they help nurture an interest in STEAM careers earlier, before students are even in college,” said Dr. Kaare Weber, White Plains Hospital director of surgery.  

Dr. Carl Weber, Kaare Weber’s father and the previous chief of surgery at the hospital, developed the program in 1988 in collaboration with Scarsdale High School.  The younger Weber gradually broadened the program's outreach to include students from Scarsdale, Harrison and White Plains. Currently, the program has expanded to include the Edgemont, Elmsford, Byram Hills, Ardsley, Irvington, Greenburgh and Ossining school districts.

Each week, students spend two hours at White Plains Hospital, receiving exposure to surgical and medical specialties through a series of seminars and correlated clinical experiences. Students gain an understanding of the anatomy and physiology of various organ systems, as well as pathology of common disease entities. 

“Currently, 12 surgeons actively participate in the program, along with numerous physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other clinical staff,” said Weber. “These students bring such energy and passion to the program. It’s a highly rewarding experience for everyone involved, and for White Plains Hospital, it’s wonderful to be able to nurture the next generation of healthcare providers.”

According to Carly Glickenhaus, the WPHCT program helps illuminate the path forward. “Flipping through a college course catalog leaves many ambitious college freshmen feeling like kids in a candy store, not knowing where to begin. The WPH program offers high school students the exposure that will be necessary to make informed decisions as they begin to navigate their career paths on a college campus, giving students experience to rely on while considering the multitude of choices before them.”

For information on program enrollment, please contact Kaare Weber, MD, director of surgery at (914) 681-1217.