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Health Careers Academy gives Sonoma County teens close-up view of medical jobs
Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Meghan O’Leary knew early on she wanted to go into the medical field. She spent much of her childhood caring for her mother, who O’Leary said suffered from severe liver cirrhosis and other health problems before she died last year.

“Since the age of 12, I was her primary caretaker,” she said.

Now an 18-year-old senior at Rancho Cotate High School, O’Leary is on the path to one day becoming a physician. She enrolled in the Health Careers Academy, a program launched in the fall to introduce high school juniors and seniors to careers in the health care field.