High School Internships

A Life-Changing Summer

For thirty-two years, area high school students have had the opportunity to be immersed in health and medical related experiences at Stillwater Medical Center. Students participate in a unique 6-week program where they observe hands-on healthcare within our hospital, clinics and other departments.

During the program, interns are able to observe surgeries, the birth of babies, physical therapy, family physicians and various specialists shadowing as well as emergency room observation. Students noted that holding a human brain during one of their field trips as an unexpected, humbling and exciting experience. The program also includes field trips to other locations including both Oklahoma medical schools, the Dean McGee Eye Institute, the Oklahoma Blood Institute, the Integris Burn Center in Oklahoma City and the Oklahoma Cancer Specialists and Research Institute in Tulsa.

A special thanks to the Breedlove, Franklin and Rippy families who helped initiate these creative, life-changing experiences for our local youth who have a passion in healthcare.

This experience...really let me delve into multiple facets of medicine that I didn't know existed.
Kaylea Bixler, 2016 Rippy Fellow