1,300 teens get hands-on introduction to health careers


The 2013 Health Professions Fair & Science Expo, a full day of hands-on activities at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. High school and college students will be introduced to the wide range of health-related and biomedical professions that are open to them.

At least 1,300 students from schools throughout South Texas will learn how to intubate mannekins, start an intravenous (IV) line, immobilize a patient like paramedics do, administer visual acuity and respiratory function tests and much more.


Saturday, Nov. 9, 2012, from 8 a.m. until noon.


Sessions will be held in various locations at the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Campus, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive. Call on-site contact Sheila Hotchkin at 210-567-3026 for assistance.


The event is organized through the UT Health Science Center’s Office of Recruitment and Science Outreach, led by director Irene Chapa, Ph.D. Joining her in the effort are students and faculty of medicine, dentistry, nursing, basic sciences and health professions.


The event is full, and registration for 2013 is closed; however, members of the news media are welcome to attend. Spanish interviews are available.

This is the 11th consecutive year that the event has been held at the UT Health Science Center. Dr. Chapa had fond memories of working the expo when she was a student at the Health Science Center. When she took on her current role at the Health Science Center, she brought back the event, which had been on hiatus. “I thought it was a great way to expose a lot of students at once to everything the Health Science Center offers,” she said. “And it was a great opportunity for our Health Science Center students to really put their knowledge into practice by teaching.”


The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, one of the country’s leading health sciences universities, ranks in the top 3 percent of all institutions worldwide receiving National Institutes of Health funding. The university’s schools of medicine, nursing, dentistry, health professions and graduate biomedical sciences have produced approximately 29,000 graduates. The $736 million operating budget supports eight campuses in San Antonio, Laredo, Harlingen and Edinburg. For more information on the many ways “We make lives better®,” visit www.uthscsa.edu.

Share This Article!