July 23, 2021 | Glendale, AZ
High school juniors and seniors interested in healthcare were given an in-depth and hands-on look at potential careers in various disciplines at Midwestern University’s annual Health Careers Institute for High School Students, which took place from July 12 – 16.
Attendees participated in 40 hours of workshops, labs, and interactive activities during the event, which was held for five days from 8:00am until 4:00pm each day. Forty-eight high schoolers from 32 schools – including three out-of-state schools – were selected for the program, including 40 juniors and eight seniors.
Midwestern faculty and student mentors volunteered to teach workshops in anatomy and introductory skills for various health professions, with a special focus on how to prepare for college and what to expect from each profession. Among the Midwestern student mentors were five students who attended the Health Careers Institute while they themselves were in high school.
Ninety-three Midwestern volunteers presented on career tracks and topics including Public Health, Precision Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine, Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Skills, Dental Simulation Lab, Suturing, Medical Simulation, Pharmacy Lab, Veterinary Pathology, and more.
Applicants were selected based on their interest in science and the health professions, as demonstrated by coursework, volunteer activities, and high school transcript.
The Health Careers Institute for High School Students was funded as a result of generous financial support from BHHS Legacy Foundation, which is an Arizona charitable organization whose philanthropic mission is to enhance the quality of life and health of those it serves.