Undergrads get hands-on experience during pandemic, Bayhealth looking at more opportunities for the future

DELAWARE – Bayhealth healthcare facilities, like many around the country, struggled during the pandemic to keep up with high demand, and low staffing.

However, a recent partnership with undergraduate students is bringing some relief.

Bayhealth officials tell 47 ABC, the lab has been tight on staffing and dealing with an even larger workload during the pandemic. That’s when they created a partnership with the University of Delaware outside of their usual clinical with students.

Undergraduate students helped with COVID testing and assisted staff in the microbiology area and the specimen processing area. The senior director of lab services at bay health, Christopher Dukes says, this partnership provided hands-on experience for the future.

“They had done textbook learning and classroom learning and virtual learning in school but to actually be in the laboratory and actually providing care and seeing real patient samples and all of that was very eye-opening for several of them,” says Dukes. He adds, “Even outside of the normal clinical rotations cycle, there’s a need and a resource that can meet that need.”

Dukes also tells us, some students who were in the program are still working evening and weekend hours with the Bayhealth staff. They’re looking at additional paths and programs to work with high school and college students interested in the medical field.

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