October 27, 2015

Zakeyah Gear has known she wanted to be a pediatrician since she was eight years old. “I want to know my patients by name,” she says. “I want to be able to help them—not only with medicine and care, but also as a person.”

Zakeyah is a senior at City of Medicine Academy. This summer, she interned at Duke Hospital as part of CMA’s health career internship program, completing 100 hours of work in an adult medicine inpatient unit.

Watch the video above to meet Zakeyah.

Vonda Capps, nurse manager at Duke Hospital, supervised Zakeyah in her internship. “She’s got heart. She understands what a difference a provider can make in someone’s life.”

Duke employees made it possible for Zakeyah and 11 other students to have internships at Duke Hospital and Duke Regional Hospital. Through Doing Good in the Neighborhood, students at the City of Medicine Academy spent 1,200 hours gaining tangible and invaluable health care experience.

The City of Medicine Academy’s partnership with Duke University’s Health System is just one of many programs supported Duke employees through Doing Good in the Neighborhood. Explore the Health category here.

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