Midwestern University Offers Hands-on Healthcare Career Experiences for High School Students

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January 19, 2022 | Glendale, AZ

High school students can participate in a variety of hands-on learning experiences at Midwestern University.

Midwestern University, in partnership with the BHHS Legacy Foundation, is offering high school students a full slate of free programs designed to stoke their interest in healthcare careers.

Beginning on March 2nd with the Arizona Regional Brain Bee, Midwestern University will then host the Health Sciences Virtual Career Month for High School Students in April. The capstone event, the seven-day Health Careers Institute for High School Students, takes place from July 15th to July 23rd.

A live competition similar to a spelling bee, the Arizona Regional Brain Bee offers students the chance to compete for prizes by answering questions about the brain and central nervous system. Participation is free, and the winner will receive airfare and expense money to compete in the National Brain Bee Competition. This event will be held live, in-person on the Midwestern University campus.

The Virtual Health Sciences Career Month is designed for high school classes to benefit from hands-on activities and interactive presentations designed by Midwestern University’s healthcare professionals. Videos, hands-on activities, and Q & A sessions will highlight careers in osteopathic medicine, optometry, dental medicine, pharmacy, physician assistant studies, occupational therapy, biomedical sciences, perfusion, podiatric medicine, clinical psychology, physical therapy, nurse anesthesia, speech-language pathology, and veterinary medicine. This event will be accessible online throughout the month of April.

For students who want to learn about health careers more in depth, Midwestern will offer its seven-day Health Careers Institute for High School Students in July.  Each day from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Midwestern faculty and advanced students will teach workshops in anatomy, physiology, and introductory skills for various health professions, with a special focus on how to prepare for college and what to expect from each profession. Guest lectures for this exciting summer program will include current medical topics such as Emergency Medicine, Sports Medicine, Drug Abuse, Healthcare Volunteer Opportunities, and more. Students must be current juniors or seniors and submit an application including short essays, grades, and teacher letter by May 1. Only 50 students can be accepted each year.

Registration Dates and Information:

Arizona Regional Brain Bee, Wednesday, March 2, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Registration Deadline: February 25, 2022
Contact: 623/572-3310, azevents@midwestern.edu
More Information/Online Registration: www.midwestern.edu/azbrainbee

Virtual Health Sciences Career Month, April 2022
Teacher Registration Deadline: March 1, 2022
Contact: 623/572-3310, azevents@midwestern.edu
More Information: www.midwestern.edu/AZScienceMonth

 Health Careers Institute for High School Students, July 15 to July 23, 2022
Application Deadline: May 1, 2022 (Must be current junior or senior in high school)
Contact: 623/572-3310, azevents@midwestern.edu
More Information: www.midwestern.edu/azhealthcareersinstitute

All on-campus events will require students to follow COVID-19 safety protocols, including wearing a mask and submitting proof of vaccination or negative PCR test. Midwestern University will monitor the COVID-19 pandemic situation and may substitute virtual sessions for live sessions in concert with state and local precautions.

Midwestern University’s interactive high school programs are funded as a result of generous financial support from BHHS Legacy Foundation, which is an Arizona charitable organization whose philanthropic mission is to enhance the quality of life and health of those it serves.