This year six local high school students participated in the Women’s Health Focus LIFE Internship program sponsored by the non-profit organization Reach Out with generous support of the Guillermo J. Valenzuela Foundation of San Berrnardino . The students, all interested in medical careers, completed internships at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, Mommy & Me Clinics and private medical practices across the region. The Learning Inspired Field Experience (LIFE) program was developed by the Inland Health Profession’s (IHPC) division of Reach Out. It provides the students with a comprehensive 40 to 60 hour hands-on internship experiences to help prepare them for the working world. The program, in its third year, to date has provided opportunities to 200 hundred students to participate in this unique opportunity to explore healthcare professions in a live medical setting. The internships are centered in San Bernardino County where there is a shortage of healthcare professionals. The shortage is expected to be exacerbated by the area’s anticipated growth rate—in 2010 the U.S. Census Bureau projected the area’s population will grow by 6.59 percent every five years. In 2018 the Census Bureau also noted 50.2 percent of the population are women highlighting a growing need for physicians who specialize in women’s health. Reach Out’s Director of Workforce Dr. Yara Williams shared how many of the students who participate in the program are unaware of the specializations available and needed in women’s health. Prior to beginning their internship, the students are required to complete an 88-hour pre-training session led by IHPC staff that includes lessons on workplace professionalism, safety, patient privacy laws, and cultural competency in a medical environment. “It is our goal to reduce the shortage of healthcare professionals in this field and create opportunities for living wage careers for students in the Inland Empire.” Prior to beginning their internship, the students are required to complete an 88-hour pre-training session led by IHPC staff that includes lessons on workplace professionalism, safety, patient privacy laws, and cultural competency in a medical environment.