Hodges University, in conjunction with the Collier County School District’s Medical Academies Advisory Board, will host a healthcare careers conference, specially designed for high school students in the school district’s Medical Academies. The conference, titled “Healthcare Horizons,” is a half-day session, to be held Thursday morning, May 1, that will give nearly 100 students a first-hand look at several healthcare career opportunities.
According to Academy Advisory Board member Dr. Carlene Harrison, the students have been given several options in the healthcare field from which they can choose. “We gave each of the students a list of twelve career choices to select from,” said Harrison. “The students will pick the four sessions where they have the most interest, and we’ll try to place them in a session based on their different interest levels.” Harrison also serves as Dean of the School of Allied Health at Hodges University.
The students will choose from healthcare career options such as dentistry, medical assisting, physical therapy and veterinary medicine among others. For students who take part in the Physicians Assistant session, they will be introduced to “Medi-man,” a state-of-the-art human patient simulator which can be programmed to simulate a host of emergency procedures. This same unit is utilized by Nova Southeastern students who take classes at the Science building located on the Hodges Naples campus.
To educate students interested in the field of emergency medical services, members of the North Naples Fire District will be on hand to take students through a simulated EMT call.
The Collier County Medical Academies consist of students from Gulf Coast High School, Palmetto Ridge High School and Golden Gate High School. In the Academy, students take a variety of health related classes along with their regular course work. They learn about the many career opportunities the healthcare industry offers.