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Expo attracts nearly 1,600 high school, college students

Posted on Tuesday, December 13, 2011 · Volume: XLIV · Issue: 25


Students had the opportunity to learn about many health professions careers, including the field of clinical laboratory sciences. Click on image for larger view.
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Students had the opportunity to learn about many health professions careers, including the field of clinical laboratory sciences. Click on image for larger view. clear graphic

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By Rosanne Fohn and Sheila Hotchkin

Nearly 1,600 students from 50 high schools and colleges across South Texas attended this fall’s 2011 Health Professions Fair & Science Expo at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio.

Irene Chapa, Ph.D., director of the Health Science Center’s Office of Recruitment and Science Outreach, which organized the Nov. 12 event, explained: “Science Expo is a wonderful day where all five schools at the Health Science Center collaboratively come together to provide information about all of the opportunities in the health professions. It is awesome to see our deans and faculty working alongside our staff and our students, providing presentations and hands on-activities for the visiting participants.”

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Hands-on experiences
“My students loved everything about Expo. They are still talking about it!,” said Robin Howard, a teacher at the Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) RAM Academy, part of Lee High School in San Antonio.


Volunteer opportunity
More than 200 university faculty, staff members and students provided the activities for the visitors. “Expo could never be a success without a large group of volunteers, so I’d personally like to thank everyone who helped make Expo 2011 a resounding success,” Dr. Chapa added. “Throughout the day teachers, parent chaperones and visiting students all expressed their enjoyment and gratitude for being able to explore health career pathways in an interactive, motivational and educational way.”


Visiting students learned about a career as a physician assistant by trying their hand at suturing a mock wound on the model of a leg. Click on image for larger view.
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Visiting students learned about a career as a physician assistant by trying their hand at suturing a mock wound on the model of a leg. Click on image for larger view. clear graphic

 

In an e-mail after the event, one of the volunteers, Celina Valdez, a senior research assistant in the Department of Psychiatry, said, “The students were very intrigued with my session (presentation and activities). Thank you again for providing these students exposure to science and medical education and for providing me the opportunity to share my scientific interests with these students. I enjoyed every moment and would love to do it again!”

This is the ninth consecutive year for the event. Dr. Chapa has fond memories of working the expo when she was a student at the Health Science Center. When she took on her current role at the Health Science Center she brought back the event. “I thought it was a great way to expose a large number of students at once to everything the Health Science Center offers,” she said. “And it was a great opportunity for our Health Science Center students to put their knowledge into practice by teaching.”

 
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