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High school students are shadowing medical professionals at at Mercy Hospital in Ardmore. (KTEN) High school students are shadowing medical professionals at at Mercy Hospital in Ardmore. (KTEN)
Mercy Hospital in Ardmore. (KTEN) Mercy Hospital in Ardmore. (KTEN)

ARDMORE, Okla. -- Twenty high school students with a keen interest in health care are taking weeks out of their summer to pursue their passion at Ardmore's Mercy Hospital.

Heart services manager Antonio Cavallo said each student will be getting the full experience in the hospital's job-shadowing program.

"Not just the doctor, not just the surgeon, not just the nurse role; but all of the roles that we potentially serve our community in," he said. 

Students have to go through a full interview process, orientation, and drug test just to make it into the program.

Caelan Konganda of Dallas said it offers experiences that he couldn't get south of the Red River.

"I came here because Texas actually has rules against what you can see and what you can't see," he said. "So far, it's been pretty beneficial. I've been able to see a lot of cool things."

One of the roles students go through: A heart stenographer, who monitors the health of certain arteries.

"Getting to experience those things and see those first-hand, it really opened my mind to what opportunities are out there," said Ardmore student Sydney Batson.

For those on the fence about applying to the program, Batson says it's a no-brainer.

"The worst that could happen is that you don't want to do it anymore," he said. "But the greatest thing is that you find the career that you want to do for the rest of your life."

This is the second year Mercy Hospital has offered the teen job-shadowing program. The deadline to apply for the 2019 session will be in March. Call 580-220-6334 for more information.