November 12, 2014

Local high school students learn about health careers at My Campus event

My Campus students practice triage skills with a mannequin.

At the latest My Campus event, 47 high school students from around the Inland Empire came to Loma Linda University to learn about careers in health care.

The Sunday, Nov. 2, event highlighted career options available from the School of Allied Health Professions and the School of Public Health.

Among the programs highlighted was the emergency medical services program. Five EMS students created an intricate, hands-on emergency scenario to give visiting students a first-hand experience.

Divided into five groups, the high school students were tasked with triaging patients--EMS students in makeup and prosthetics simulating wounds suffered in a car accident.

Other programs highlighted were the clinical lab science program, which provided an imitation mononucleosis laboratory test, and the radiation technology program, which shared the history of the profession and medical images.

The School of Public Health focused on the nutrition, epidemiology, global health and health policy programs, giving visiting students some background to the profession. Visiting students were challenged to identify and control a cholera outbreak in an interactive case study.

After learning about career opportunities, the high school students engaged in an hour of speed mentoring with current LLU students, who provided advice about college and shared personal stories about struggles and success.

The My Campus: Minority Youth in the Health Professions program targets local minority high school students. Students have an opportunity to connect with mentors who serve as inspirations to pursue college education and to enter the health professions. The overarching goal of the program is to reduce racial and ethnic disparities within the health care field.

For more information about the My Campus program, contact the CAPS office at caps@llu.edu or call 909-651-5011.

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