During a time when national interest in careers in the medical field has been increasing dramatically, an all-girls Catholic college preparatory high school and a prominent hospital on Manhattan’s Upper East Side have partnered to provide a new medicine-focused internship program for students.

During the 10-week internship, physician assistants at Northshore LIJ-Lenox Hill serve as mentors for St. Jean Baptiste High School students. The students also shadow the physician assistants as they make their rounds, participate in discussion sessions and perform 40 hours of volunteer work.

At the conclusion of the internship, students write a 2,000-word essay on the role physician assistants play in the care of patients and receive a certificate from Northshore LIJ-Lenox Hill that they have fulfilled the obligations of the program. In addition, the students receive three high school credits.

Several St. Jean Baptiste High School students are the first to participate in the Physician Assistant Internship Program at Northshore LIJ-Lenox Hill, a 652-bed, tertiary-care hospital and a teaching hospital of New York Medical College, State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine, New York University School of Medicine, Long Island University and Pace University.

The following 11th-grade students are part of the new program:

“The Physician Assistant Internship Program provides high-quality work experience outside the classroom,” said Sister Maria Cassano, principal of St. Jean Baptiste High School. “It’s an exciting opportunity for students who typically do not begin internships until they attend college. The one-of-a-kind program underscores our commitment to academic excellence and speaks volumes to our ongoing mission to prepare our students for college and beyond. We are pleased that Northshore LIJ-Lenox Hill is providing an opportunity for high school students to learn in a hands-on way under the guidance of their staff.”

Founded in 1929, St. Jean Baptiste High School, located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, educates young women of diverse strengths and backgrounds. Through a rigorous academic program, St. Jean Baptiste High School prepares its graduates to excel in college and their future professions. As a Catholic community rooted in the spirit of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys, the foundress of the Sisters of the Congregation of Notre Dame, St. Jean Baptiste High School develops women of faith, service and leadership and empowers the whole community to participate actively in the transformation of society for a more just world.

St. Jean Baptiste High School is located at 173 E. 75th St. in Manhattan. More information about St. Jean Baptiste can be found by visiting www.stjean.org or calling