INDIAN LAKE - Merrill Pine of Indian Lake Central School (ILCS) was accepted into a year of study with the New Visions program at BOCES. She has been taking health care classes in Glens Falls over the past couple months as well as working clinical rotations with area doctors and in the Glens Falls Hospital.
New Visions is a program for 16 local high school seniors who are interested in pursuing a career in the medical field. Pine's acceptance is an honor and also a commentary on her potential and work ethic.
"New Visions is a very competitive program," said David Snide, superintendent at ILCS. "Once accepted, the course work is extremely vigorous."
Pine submitted application materials as well as conducted interviews with a New Visions alumnus, the director of the program, the superintendent of BOCES and the director of Glens Falls Hospital. She advanced through each interview, but not without nervous moments, she said.
"It was very intimidating, because the interview was the deciding factor in my admission to the program," she said.
Pine plans to enter a profession in the medical field and was hooked after her first few days with New Visions.
"My first rotations were in the operating room and I loved it," she said.
Pine has observed burr holes drilled in a patients skull, a subderal hematoma being drained, a cataract surgery and a total knee replacement.
"My favorite, however," she said, "was when I was able to observe a cesarean section delivery of a tiny baby girl. It was amazing."
Pine has also spent time in intensive care, the cancer center, the gastrointestinal center, renal dialysis, home care, public health, and the nursing floors.
"I would definitely recommend this program to anyone who is even remotely interested in anything medical. New Visions offers the chance to experience all different parts of the medical field," said Pine.
She is still deciding on colleges and said she adds careers to her list of interests every time she visits a new rotation site.
"After I graduate I hope to become an obstetrician or an orthopedic surgeon," she said.
Pine is interested in pursuing the University of Vermont, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Dartmouth University, and Cornell University after she graduates from ILCS.
"If Merrill does enter the medical field and chooses to be a doctor, I have confidence that she will be great," said Snide.