High School Students Explore Health Care Careers

Students participate in the Cristo Rey program at the University of Missouri School of Medicine.

Students participate in the Cristo Rey program at the University of Missouri School of Medicine.

More than 30 Missouri high school students will spend three days at the annual University of Missouri Health Professions Summit starting Sunday, July 17.

The summit, sponsored by the University of Missouri Area Health Education Center (MU AHEC), was created to introduce students who currently are underrepresented in health careers to possible career opportunities in health care. This year, 34 students will participate in sessions offered by the MU School of Medicine, the MU Sinclair School of Nursing and the MU School of Health Professions, to learn about careers in medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, ultrasonography, pharmacy, speech and communication disorders, and more.

“Each year, underrepresented minority students, socio-economically disadvantaged students and students from rural and underserved areas of Missouri are encouraged to apply for the summit,” said Kathleen Quinn, PhD, associate dean for rural health at the MU School of Medicine. “These students are more likely to continue through the School of Medicine pipeline programs, such as the Bryant Scholars Program and Mizzou MedPrep, or other programs at the Sinclair School of Nursing or School of Health Professions, because they are from Missouri. These students also are more likely to return home after completing professional school and practice in areas of need in Missouri.”

The summit at MU is funded by a grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. The goal of the program is to improve the number and experience of health care providers, particularly primary care providers, in underserved areas.

The high school students will present videos to their parents and MU Health faculty about what they learned during their time on the MU campus from 9:15 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 20, at the Sinclair School of Nursing, Room S255.