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Penwasciz health careers program

Penwasciz Health Careers Program

...experience and encouragement for the future

Advocate Condell Medical Center provides an early opportunity for high school junior and senior students to learn first-hand about health careers through our educational program, Penwasciz Health Careers. Pronounced “Pen-Wah-Zee,” the name combines the name of three things a health professional always carries: a pen, a watch and scissors. Penwasciz has been an active student-volunteer program at Condell Medical Center for over 50 years.

Varied Opportunities

Penwasciz interns learn about a variety of health care careers through direct patient interactions and observations. The students provide additional support to staff, patients and families in order to enhance the student’s hospital experience.

Hands-on participation allows Penwasciz students to experience healthcare professions first-hand, guiding them as they think about choosing a career in the medical field.

Experience in an actual medical setting as a Penwasciz Intern has inspired many graduates of the program to pursue careers as medical professionals.


Eligibility requirements for the Penwasciz program:

  • Exhibit a sincere interest in learning about health careers and a commitment to the program.
  • Be a Junior or Senior high school student and maintain a 2.5 GPA throughout the year.
  • Attend one full day orientation session on a Monday or Tuesday in October.
  • Able to attend a one 2-hour session per week during the academic year held on Monday evenings.
  • Assume responsibility for assignments and report promptly at beginning of shift.
  • Only 2 absences allowed during program.
  • Parental consent is required.

Becoming a Penwasciz

If you are interested in becoming a Penwasciz, the link to the on-line application will be appear from:
3:30pm-4:30 only on September 2, 2014 at

Interviews will be scheduled during September for the first forty (40) eligible applicants. Twenty-six students will be selected for the program, based on academics, interview, essay response and commitment to a healthcare career.

Penwasciz sessions will be held Monday’s from 5:00-7:00 PM or 7:00-9:00 PM. Each student will be assigned to one, 2-hour clinical time slot per week. Contact Penwasciz Health Careers program at 847.990.2449 with any further questions.

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