On June eight, the Center for Women’s Health Research (CWHR) and UCHealth partnered to host the third annual “Exploring Healthcare Careers for High School-Aged Girls,” an interactive studying alternative for high school girls inquisitive about exploring healthcare and science careers. The day-long program provided 60 younger women the prospect to go to the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, attend lectures and Q&A periods and take part in hands-on studying experiences to realize perception into the working lives of scientists and healthcare professionals.
After a mother-daughter breakfast and welcoming remarks by CWHR Director Judy Regensteiner, the individuals spent their morning visiting the Gates Biomanufacturing Facility and the Center for Surgical Innovation (CSI). At the Gates Biomanufacturing Facility, they noticed how lab discoveries translate into cell therapies; at CSI, they experimented with suturing methods on quite a lot of tissues. Various researchers and surgical residents defined their totally different roles at Gates and CSI, and described the various and typically unpredictable paths they took to get there.
At lunch, the individuals have been handled to an insightful lecture by Dr. Anne Libby, Vice Chair for Academic Affairs, who mentioned the 5 indicators of expertise that may result in considerate, satisfying career decisions: craving, satisfaction, speedy studying, glimpses of excellence, and stream. “In choosing a career path,” she informed the girls, “don’t ask yourselves what you need to be. Ask yourselves who you are, and how one can turn out to be extra you.” A psychiatrist and nurse practitioner from the Johnson Depression Center additionally spoke to the girls about careers in behavioral health.
The afternoon’s actions included a go to to the Cardiac and Vascular Center’s coronary heart catheter lab, the place the girls noticed simulated demonstrations of coronary heart catheterization and expanded their information of the varied choices for professions in cardiology.
The day ended with shows by athletic trainers from the Sports Medicine Department at Children’s Hospital Colorado, who mentioned the choices for people eager about sports activities drugs careers. When the day’s actions got here to an in depth, most of the girls expressed their gratitude and pleasure on the insights that they had gained after publicity to so many career choices on campus.
“It opened my mind to a health-centered career,” one participant stated. “Before, I simply wanted to do engineering, but now medical school seems interesting too.”
Another, reiterating Dr. Libby’s message, got here to the next conclusion: “The best part about the day was realizing that there is no ideal way to get anywhere – you just have to be yourself and follow your heart and it will lead you to where you need to be.”
The CWHR is wanting ahead to internet hosting the occasion once more subsequent yr.
Guest Contributor: Andrew Weaver, Public Relations and Community Education Coordinator, Center for Women’s Health Research