Doctors On Call medical assistant Cate Scott (left) works with Lahainaluna High School senior Laura Castro. Laura wants to get into the medical field after college, preferably in pediatrics. Cate is just one of the Doctors On Call staff who mentor West Maui high school students who are considering careers in the medical field.

HONOKOWAI — One of the positive changes since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic is that more and more students at all levels want to study science and pursue careers in health care.

The Doctors On Call Urgent Care and Testing Center does much to encourage and support this. Students at Lahainaluna High School and Maui Preparatory Academy are taught and mentored both formally and informally.

“A job and career in medicine, nursing or any medical field has always been a source of security and satisfaction in life”, said Dr. Norman Estin, Medical Director of Doctors on Duty. “It’s great to see the enthusiasm of our staff when they show these kids what medicine really looks like.”

Some students participate in organized senior projects to earn academic credit, while others have developed more informal study arrangements.

“Ideally,” said Dr. Estin, “These Kama’aina students will be trained, certified, and eventually return to Maui to help care for us all. It’s already happening quite a bit, and it’s wonderful to see.

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