Local students attend Health Career Exploration Camp


ST. GEORGE – Eighty high school students, including seven from Iron County, gathered at Dixie State University June 18-20, to attend the Southern Utah Area Health Education Center (AHEC) annual Health Career Exploration Camp. This event was aimed at exposing these students to the diverse options for careers in the ever-growing field of health care. Students who attended ranged from incoming freshmen to recent high school graduates. Several of these students were able to attend thanks to the gracious sponsorship of local school districts, hospitals, and Educational Talent Searches.

Local students in attendance included Heidi Stewart, Britney Smith, and Christy Younger from Parowan High School, Sabrina Miani from SUU Success Academy, and Davette Serrano, Aaron Stinson, and Jessayln Warhurst from Canyon View High School.

During the three-day event, students attended several hands-on workshops presented by a variety of community partners including Dixie State University (Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Surgical Technology, Physical Therapy Assisting, Respiratory Therapy, Emergency Medical Services, Medical Laboratory Science, Health Education, and Athletic Training), the University of Utah (Physician Assistant, Medical, Public Health, and Pharmacy), Washington County School District (Physical Therapy), and Red Hills Animal Hospital (Veterinary). The camp also included team building activities, a healthcare quiz bowl, a trip to the Washington County Recreation Center, and a special keynote speech from Dr. Eliezer Bermudez, the Dean of Dixie State University’s College of Health Science. A group of current Rural Health Scholars students from Dixie State University and Southern Utah University led the participants during the camp as counselors.

Following the three-day camp, 29 students remained to attend the first ever extended camp, “A Day in the Life of a Medical Student,” which was co-hosted by Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine. During the additional day students took part in discussions about osteopathic medicine, a campus tour, a manipulative medicine demonstration, an anatomy activity, an ultrasound activity, and a discussion on the path to medical school. Rocky Vista University was an amazing host for this activity, and their hospitality certainly made an impression on these young aspiring physicians.

The Southern Utah AHEC office anticipates holding both the Health Career Exploration Camp and the extended camp at Rocky Vista University in 2019. For more information about the camp, please contact Kasey Shakespear at Kasey.shakespear@dixie.edu or at (435) 897-4362.

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