Healthcare Career Day
02/24/2011 - Over 1,000 high school students from all along the Wasatch Front participated in a Healthcare Career Day at Jordan Applied Technology Center (JATC) located in West Jordan.
It is an opportunity for students to learn about and explore various professions in the healthcare field. Students were able to gain a better understanding of healthcare professions by taking part in hands-on activities ranging from suturing pig’s feet, examining a placenta, practicing intubation skills on mannequins and compounding chapstick.
Students selected from 21 different hands-on career demonstrations sponsored by various healthcare providers and area professionals. Intermountain Healthcare proudly sponsored seven sessions, including careers in Laboratory Sciences, Cardiology, Physical Therapy, Pharmacy, Respiratory, Sports Dietetics, and Audiology.
Summer Healthcare Career Camps
07/12/2010 - In June, fifty-five local high school students who are considering health care careers came to Intermountain Medical Center and LDS Hospital for the fifth annual summer camp sponsored by Intermountain Healthcare. The purpose? Help the kids jump-start their careers and their college training — and ensure that well-trained new employees will be ready when we need them.
Students apply for the camp through their high school’s work-based learning coordinator every spring. This year the University of Utah Medical Center and St. Mark’s Hospital also ran camps modeled after Intermountain’s. Over 300 students applied to take part in all the camps with a total of 121 students participating.
“Through the years we’ve seen an increase in participation and excitement in these students about health-related careers, and we continue to get the message out that there are many different careers available in healthcare,” says Lisa, manager of student programs for the Urban Central Region. “We’re committed to helping create a strong pipeline to bring us our next generation of healthcare providers.”
What did the kids think? Students said their favorite parts of summer camp included mock surgery, seeing X-rays, and a tour of the lab “with the worms that smelled and the organs.” Other comments from kids who participated:
• “The people knew their jobs and loved to talk about them, and everyone was happy to be here.”
• “It helped me plan my future.”
• “There were lots of chances to participate and it was very well organized and lots of fun.”
• “Keep this program around. Don’t get rid of it because it really provided me with a fun and unique learning experience and I got lots of information from it.”
Students interested in applying, can do so through their work-based learning coordinator at their high school in the spring of each year.
Virtual Healthcare Interactive
03/30/2011 - More than 360 high school students at 18 different Utah schools recently watched babies being born while they talked live over closed circuit TV with the doctors involved in the cases. The program was concurrently hosted at 10 locations throughout Utah as part of the Virtual Healthcare Interactive program, which is a joint effort between Intermountain Healthcare and the State Office of Education to provide real-time medical experiences to Utah students who are interested in health-related careers.
The program allows students interested in medical careers to watch pre-taped surgeries or medical procedures and speak live with the physicians who performed the procedures. This year the students watched the deliveries, which were taped at McKay-Dee Hospital, while they were linked via television and audio to an obstetrician and pediatrician. Last year students watched joint replacement surgery, and in 2008, an artificial heart implantation.
The purpose of the program is to expose high school students to the range of job options and work responsibilities — along with the education and training that’s required — in healthcare. They can see first-hand what their future career might be like, and ask questions
Schools participating in the program this year included the Tooele Learning Center, Jordan Applied Technology Center in West Jordan), Canyons Applied Technology Center in Sandy, Granite Technical Institute in Salt Lake City, Park City High School, Ogden High School, Fremont High School in Plain City, Kanab High School, Rich High School in Randolph, and Lake Powell High School in Blanding.
03/26/2011 - Students from Jordan School District MESA Clubs invited friends and family to join them and business partners to participate in their annual MESA-rama at the South Towne Mall. Each club and employer provided hands-on activities for the students and public to participate in. It is an opportunity for students to learn and explore science, math and engineering through fun and exciting projects. Intermountain hosted an activity for students to scrub in for a mock appendectomy. Students carefully felt around for the pieces that needed removed.
The purpose of MESA (Math, Engineering, Science Achievement) and STEP is to increase the number of underserved ethnic minority and all female students who pursue course work, advanced study and possible careers in mathematics, engineering, and science areas. For more information on MESA clubs at your school, visit with your school counselor or visit their website.
Navigating Health Careers Conference
04/24/2010 - On April 24, the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) at University of Utah Medical School hosted their fourth annual conference entitled "Navigating Health Careers Conference." This conference provides an opportunity for underrepresented high school and college students to learn about careers in Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, Dentistry, and Public Health. In addition, students are provided with relevant information regarding admissions requirements, career descriptions, and specific professional opportunities within these fields. Through this event, Intermountain Healthcare had the opportunity to educate and expose students to various areas of healthcare and career opportunities.
To learn more about LMSA or upcoming events, check with the student affairs office at your local university.
Expanding Your Horizons
03/13/2010 - The 2nd annual Expanding Your Horizons Conference in Salt Lake City was a huge success. Expanding Your Horizons, EYH, is a worldwide program to foster the interest of young women in science and mathematics. It is an exciting opportunity for young women to meet women currently working in science and math related careers. This year more 450 girls, in grades six through twelve, participated. Each of the young women attends three of the thirty-two hands-on workshops. The workshops are taught by women in math and science professions and are a great way to see that math and science can be fun. The workshops span a variety or activities including how to program a robot, inspecting the human brain, and mixing asphalt. Intermountain Healthcare is proud to present three workshops, including Sonography, Lab, and Pharmacy.
To find out more about the Ogden or Salt Lake conference, visit www.atk.com/eyh/eyh.htm.