August 15, 2022 | Glendale, AZ
Thanks to generous funding from the BHHS Legacy Foundation, the Midwestern University Glendale Campus hosted the 24th annual Health Careers Institute for High School Students from July 15-23. This year, 58 high school students from all over Arizona (and several other states) participated in advanced workshops in anatomy and clinical skills, connected with healthcare professionals in more than 25 fields, and received an in-depth look at preparing for college and the possibility of a career in healthcare.
For the entire week, the high school students were divided into small groups led by two MWU student mentor leaders from the osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, and dentistry programs. These mentors bonded with their student groups, nurtured their interests in healthcare and science, and shared tips and knowledge on the college process,
The MWU student mentors also assisted with larger group workshops led by Midwestern University faculty. These hands-on activities gave students the chance to practice lab skills as well as learn first-hand what different health professionals do and what environments they can work in. Additionally, faculty presented lectures on topics such as neuroscience, precision medicine, and emergency medicine.
Many of the students already had an idea of what they want to study when they graduate high school. However, thanks to the many in-depth activities they participated in during this exciting program, many of them now have more specific resolve on what path they want to follow as they pursue a career in the healthcare industry. Midwestern University plans to continue providing high school students with the opportunity to learn more about healthcare careers and connect with caring faculty and students. Upcoming events in 2023 include the Arizona Regional Brain Bee on February 8 and the Health Sciences Career Day for High School Students on February 28.