Careers in healthcare are endless, yet many high school students and middle school students are unaware of the array of jobs. Education Services opens the doors for students of all ages, cultures and backgrounds to learn about careers in medicine, nursing and allied health. The creative programs increase diversity in health professions and assist students in their investigation of a healthcare career.
University Health hosts two Medical Explorers Programs through the Boy Scouts of America/Exploring. High school students enjoy monthly hands-on workshops, which include suturing pig feet and putting an arm cast on a fellow Explorer. Additionally, University Health staff, including physicians, allied health and nursing professionals, share relevant information about their professions. High school and middle school students get an opportunity to learn about educational paths that can lead to professional school admission as well as an array of career options.
University Health Education Services hosts a two-week summer camp for Blue Springs Middle School students interested in a healthcare career. The camp includes hands-on activities and simulations in physical and occupational therapy, pharmacy compounding to create your own lip balm, CPR certification training and more. Additionally, physicians, allied health and nursing professionals, and others share relevant information about medical and nursing professions. High school and middle school students get an opportunity to learn about educational paths and programs that can lead to professional school admission.
Summit Technology Academy (STA), part of the Lee's Summit R-7 district, has a Pre-Allied Health program for students interested in a healthcare career. STA draws students from 25 surrounding districts, including Raytown, Blue Springs, Odessa and Kansas City, Missouri. The Career Exploration team partners with the Pre-Allied Health program to shadow varying clinics at University Health Lakewood Medical Center. Students complete clinical rotations in radiology, surgical tech, respiratory therapy and more. Students receive the unique experience of interacting with allied health professionals and broadening their understanding of potential careers.
Our Career Exploration team's mission closely aligns with the mission of Prep-KC. Prep-KC strives to create and implement strategies to improve college and career preparation for Kansas City's urban students. The mission closely aligns with our Career Exploration team, and together, we coordinate several opportunities for Kansas City’s youth. Programs include a 6 week internship, hands-on workshops, guest speakers, and hospital tours. Partnerships and programs such as these are vital for urban and minority youth who are essential to the future of health care.