Investing in the Future

The health care field is projected to be one of the fastest growing sectors in the U.S. as the demand for health care continues to rise. Palomar Health is committed to supporting the health care workforce of tomorrow through educational programs today.

Palomar Health collaborates with local high schools, colleges and universities to help students explore health care careers through the Pathmaker internship program. In hospital settings, students gain hands-on experience in healthcare under the guidance of Palomar Health staff. Hours accumulated through the competency-based internship provide students with a running start in their education for roles including nursing, medical technician, and physician assistant.

 

  Palomar Health Pathmakers in FY15
More than 1,000+ Pathmakers
More than 165,000 internship hours
Students from 29 high schools and 26 colleges

 

Discovering Her Path

After a successful career in sales and marketing, Brandi Cloyd decided to pursue her first calling – nursing. She began taking the pre-requisite courses for nursing school at night, and in an information session, she came across a brochure for Palomar Health’s Pathmaker program.

“I wanted to be a nurse, but I hadn’t spent any real time in a hospital,” explains Brandi. “The Pathmaker program was my chance to see if nursing was really for me.”

Brandi arrived for her first day of the Pathmaker program, nervous but determined.

“As I worked with the patients and staff, I couldn’t get enough. I called my husband after my shift, crying; the whole experience felt so right, so natural. It had solidified my desire to care for people.”

Brandi said her experience as a Pathmaker made all the difference to be part of a care team.

“I don’t know that I would have had the confidence to pursue nursing if I hadn’t participated in the Pathmaker internship,” she says.

Four years and 1,012 internship hours later, Brandi is a registered nurse at Palomar Medical Center caring for patients on 6 West.