choose your path to success

Our Pathway Initiatives were created to expose area students to the many healthcare careers available in our system. We are committed to helping students throughout our community succeed both academically and professionally. Healthcare is one of the fastest growing industry sectors in our nation, and there is a critical need to increase the number of students pursuing careers in the field.

Hospital-Based Programs Include:

Job Shadowing

Our job shadowing program provides current or prospective healthcare students a chance to observe healthcare professionals in a workplace setting. We are happy to consider high school students at least 16 years of age and college students majoring in a healthcare-related field of study.

You will have the opportunity to shadow a healthcare professional for a maximum of four hours, up to two times per calendar year. The number of students accepted at any time, in any given department, will depend on organizational capacity and priorities.

Program Goals

Our goal is to provide you with the opportunity to learn more about healthcare career options, as well as the education and skills required for different occupations in the healthcare field.

You Will:

  • Observe daily routines of healthcare providers.
  • Begin to identify career interests in healthcare.
  • Gain awareness of the academic, technical, and personal skills required in healthcare professions.
  • Gain an understanding of the work environment that can be unique to a particular department/profession.
  • Develop an understanding of the critical connections between school, work, and goal attainment.

If you would like to participate in a shadowing experience, please review and complete the three forms below, and send them to Brandon Monk, Community Health Coordinator, at or:

Reading Hospital

Brandon Monk, Community Wellness PO Box 16052 Reading, PA 19612-6052

Students are responsible for speaking with their individual guidance offices about shadowing opportunities and the requirements necessary to complete an experience.

Job Shadowing FAQs

Q: Who do I contact for shadowing opportunities? Brandon Monk, Community Health Coordinator Email: or call 484-628-4977

Q: Who is able to shadow? We are happy to accept high school students aged 16 or older. Students under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian sign off on the shadowing request form.

Q: Will I work with patients? You will be able to observe normal department activity and procedures; however, you will not be working hands-on with patients.

Q: If I apply for a shadowing experience does that mean my application will be accepted? Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications and student requests, not all students that apply will be accepted for a shadowing experience.

Q: What will I get out of shadowing a professional? Students will gain an understanding of the work environment, observe daily routines, interact with professionals, and discuss any questions about the department occupations, education requirements, etc.

Q: Can I shadow in the department of my choice? We do allow students to request a specific department they would like to shadow, but due to the volume of requests and preceptor availability, not all students will be able to shadow in their requested department. In the past, students have shadowed in the following areas: Cardiology/Interventional Radiology, Nursing, Emergency Department, Pediatrics, Human Resources, Medical Imaging/Radiology, NICU, Mother-Baby, Post-Surgical Unit, General Surgery, Respiratory Care, Marketing, Business Development, Information Technology, Laboratory (college students only), Pharmacy (college students only), Physician Assistants (college students only).

Medical Explorers

Developed by the Boy Scouts of America, Medical Explorers is a program offered to high school students in grades 9-12 who are interested in learning about careers in healthcare. Posts occur monthly from September through May and are held the third Thursday of each month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Students are welcome to join Medical Explorers anytime throughout the school year.

During each post, students will have the opportunity to tour a different department in Reading Hospital and talk to doctors, nurses and staff about careers in healthcare.

For more information, contact Brandon Monk, Community Wellness Program Coordinator, at Attendance is FREE.

Please download and complete the Medical Explorers registration form. Forms should be handed in at the next session that you attend. For more information, call our HELPline at 484-628-HELP (4357).

2019 - 2020 Medical Explorers Schedule

  • Thursday, September 19: Respiratory Care
  • Thursday, October 17: Emergency Department
  • Thursday, November 14: Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences*
  • No December Session
  • Thursday, January 23: Women’s and Children’s Services
  • Thursday, February 20: Cardiovascular / Interventional Radiology
  • Thursday, March 19: Pharmacy
  • Thursday, April 16: Reading Hospital Rehabilitation at Wyomissing**
  • Thursday, May 21: Surgical Services

* Post will meet at the School of Health Sciences 1025 Old Wyomissing Road, Reading

** Post will meet at the Reading Hospital Rehabilitation at Wyomissing 2802 Papermill Road, Wyomissing

All Posts meet in the 5th Avenue Conference Center at Reading Hospital unless otherwise noted. Posts begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. and concludes by 8:00 p.m.


REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Click Here to Register for an upcoming Medical Explorers Session

Medical Explorers FAQs

Q: Is there a cost for the program?

No, participation is FREE

Q: Who is able to participate in the program?

Our program is open to high school students in grades 9-12.

Q: How do I sign up?

Registration is not required, but encouraged. You can register by calling the Reading Hospital Helpline at 484-628-HELP (4357).

Q: Do I need to attend every event?

No, you may attend any event of interest to you.

Q: Can my parents stay for the event?

Yes, parents are welcome to stay throughout the entirety of the event. Alternatively, students may be dropped off and picked up at the start and conclusion of each event.

Workplace Experience Internship Program

Reading Hospital's Workplace Experience Internship Program is offered as an extension to our High School Internship Program. Only students who have participated in our High School Internship Program are eligible to apply.

As an intern at Reading Hospital, you will develop a professional skill set and establish self-confidence within the workplace. The program offers you the opportunity to intern under a department in Reading Hospital, learning job routines and responsibilities of a particular profession. During the program, you will complete assignments and workshops along with the work you complete in your assigned department.

The internship is a six-week program. It will run from July until mid-August. Each student will have an opportunity to work a total of 10 hours per week. There are two internship spaces available. If you would like to participate in the Workplace Experience Internship Program please contact Brandon Monk at

Workplace Experience Internship Program FAQs

Q: Who is able to sign up?

This program is offered as an extension to our high school internship program. Only students who have participated in our high school internship program are eligible to apply.

Q: How long will the internship last?

The internship is a six-week commitment. Students will intern for two hours a day, Monday-Friday, for a total of 10 hours per week.

Q: Will I receive college credits for completing the internship?

No, the internship is designed to be a developmental learning experience and a way to network with professionals.

Q: Can I choose which department to intern with?

We have connected with multiple departments to accommodate interns. We do not make any promises on setting a particular student up with the department of choice. Interns will be chosen in relation to the departments we have available.

Connected Learning Programs Include:

About Adventures in Health Science and Medicine Program (AHSM)

The Adventures in Health Sciences and Medicine program is a series of connected learning courses designed to promote learning about health science professions for middle school students and offered via interactive, videoconference presentations. Each course is comprised of a one-hour session that includes lecture, hands-on activity, and collaborative discussion facilitated by Reading Hospital professionals. In addition to participating in the interactive courses, you will work with your peers and classroom teacher to bring their newfound knowledge to life through creative interpretations of the health science professions.

You will participate in presentation topics about:

  • Medical laboratory science
  • Respiratory care
  • Radiology
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical therapy

The Adventures in Health Science and Medicine Program is brought to you by Reading Hospital in partnership with the Cleveland Clinic and funded by Reading Hospital Foundation.

AHSM Program FAQs

Q: How can I sign up for the AHSM program?

This program is designed for middle school (6th-8th grade) classroom participation only. Currently, registration is limited to four classrooms. The ability to participate is dependent upon the timing of scheduled classes and technology capabilities.

  • If you are a teacher who is interested in including this program in your curriculum, please contact Brandon Monk at or call 484-628-4977 for more information.
  • If you are a student who is interested in having your class participate, please recommend the program to your science or health teacher so they can research the opportunity.

Q: How much does it cost to participate in the AHSM program?

There is no cost for schools/classrooms to participate, and all materials are provided by Reading Hospital.

Q: Are the AHSM sessions recorded?

AHSM sessions are designed to be live and interactive therefore they are not recorded.

Q: How does my class connect to the AHSM sessions?

AHSM sessions are facilitated using video conferencing technology. Schools must have a teleconferencing system or a computer with a webcam, speakers, and a microphone to participate.

Q: Does my class have to participate in all of the AHSM sessions?

Yes, to gain the full benefit of the AHSM connected learning experiences, teachers should ensure that their students participate in all of the sessions.

Q: Can my whole class participate?

Yes, we recommend that the maximum number of students per class is 30. We also recommend that teachers consider their classroom video conferencing capabilities when determining the number of students that will participate in AHSM.

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I interned in the Emergency department for six weeks during summer break and I must say it has been one of the most fulfilling phases of my life. From helping to save lives to seeing the long-term effects of partaking in subtle harmful habits, it has been very adventurous and informative. The conversations I’ve had with doctors, nurses and patients have also affected my perspective on life and career decisions.
— Sianny Starks (Former Reading High Intern/ Penn State Student Intern)