WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Rising high school students from eight states and the territory of Puerto Rico are gathered on the Purdue campus this week to learn more about careers in health and medicine with the College of Health and Human Sciences and the Indiana University School of Medicine — West Lafayette. The event called Clinical Applications for future Medical Professionals is geared toward rising high school seniors who have an interest in medical careers.
"When large universities work together on the educational front, we are all winners. We are pleased to be a part of this effort to develop confidence and enthusiasm of campers as they learn more about health care professions," said Regina A. Kreisle, M.D., Ph.D., interim associate dean of the IU School of Medicine and interim director of the IU School of Medicine — West Lafayette.
Students will participate in 17 hands-on learning activities with more than 20 faculty members from Purdue’s College of Health and Human Sciences and the IU School of Medicine. Among the activities included in these sessions are genetics of taste sensing, skin suturing and skin biopsies, dissecting a heart, measuring body pressures with a Doppler device, and ear anatomy.
These interactive sessions will provide campers the opportunity to learn more about various health care professions such as athletic training, audiology, clinical psychology, dietetics, exercise physiology, medical laboratory scientist, nurse practitioner, physician, public health, and speech pathology.
"Health care is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States, and students will be able to explore majors and health care opportunities they may not be aware of. Programs such as this camp are a direct outcome of the many synergies provided by the new Lyles Porter Hall. We look forward to many more future collaborative outcomes with our IU School of Medicine colleagues," said Christine Ladisch, Ph.D., dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences.
The Indiana University School of Medicine — West Lafayette is a regional campus of the largest medical school in the nation, the IU School of Medicine. IU first placed medical students on Purdue's campus in 1968.
Supplies for students are being provided by the North Central Indiana Area Health Education Center. AHEC’s mission is to enhance access to quality health care, particularly primary and preventive care, by improving the supply and distribution of health care professionals via strategic partnerships with academic programs, communities, and professional organizations.