Educational Partnership

Samaritan recognizes the significance of linking our community to educational opportunities. Samaritan has partnered with all local high-schools, Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), Jefferson Community College, Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization (FDRHPO), and numerous SUNY and private colleges.

These partnerships are designed to promote healthcare careers and provide students with observational opportunities within various departments in the organization. Observational experiences (Shadowing) and Internships (College attendees) are a large part of our dedication to the students and future healthcare providers of this community.

New Vision

Samaritan Medical Center participates in many training programs, especially for area youth. The Jefferson-Lewis BOCES New Vision Health Careers program is very popular and helps influence high school youth interested in the healthcare field.

The program is designed for students with an interest in the medical profession, New Vision Health Careers is a hands-on learning experience guided by professionals in real-world settings. Not your typical high school program, New Vision Health Careers is an intensive one-year, honors-level course for focused students driven to succeed. Students work directly with and observe experienced healthcare professionals at a modern medical facility delivering quality care to patients. The program starts with four weeks of introductory class work after which students begin rotations at Samaritan Medical Center, and other local hospitals closest to the students.

New Vision students spend between one day and two weeks in each of the program's 57 hospital rotations interacting with patients, doctors, nurses, administrators and other professionals. Students see all aspects of the hospital operation, from emergency care and rehabilitation services to information technology and business management.

A student applying for New Vision Health Careers must be a senior who has:

  • An interest in the medical field
  • Demonstrated maturity to work independently and in teams
  • Completed three years of math and science
  • A strong attendance and academic record
  • Plans to attend college or other post-secondary education
  • Recommendations from a teacher and a community leader

Please see the New Vision program brochure for further information.


Samaritan is proud to participate with the MASH Camp program – it stands for the Medical Academy of Science and Health.

It is a unique opportunity for local middle and high school students to experience the heath care world in an interactive way. Students are able to evaluate a variety of careers within healthcare over three full-day sessions. In addition, information is provided for additional job shadow and school sponsored opportunities.

The Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization (FDRHPO) sponsors the camps, and Samaritan is one of four hospitals hosting the camp each year. We have 20-25 students participate in the Summer Camp and 10-15 for the Winter Camp. Each camp includes interactive sessions with a variety of departments within Samaritan. Past camps have included sessions with the Respiratory, Radiology, Laboratory, Biomedical and Emergency Departments over the three days. Each student will have a 2 – 3 hour session in each department and past Summer Camps have included CPR instruction in separate sessions.

For more information and to apply for the program visit the MASH Camp page.