Utah Valley Hospital (formerly Utah Valley Regional Medical Center) sponsors a co-ed Medical Explorers Post for Utah County high school students who are interested in health care careers. Parents are encouraged to attend along with their student.
The post meets twice a month for interactive experiences with a variety of healthcare specialists at the hospital. The group also participates in an activity each summer.
Cost for joining the post is $25. Post members will also need a uniform.
Members of the post for the past school year recently returned from a humanitarian trip to the Dominican Republic. The team of 28 teenagers and 10 leaders worked with the DREAM Project, a non-profit organization that specializes in healthcare and education.
The explorers spent most of their time along the north coast of the country teaching lessons in first aid, dental hygiene and women's health to children and adults in the neediest communities. The group also did several painting and labor projects in various DREAM Project buildings throughout the community.
As part of their efforts, the explorers spent several weeks before the trip collecting educational and medical supplies to donate. When they arrived, they were able to gift DREAM nearly 2,000 pounds of resources that will be used throughout the year.