1,500 teens to get hands-on introduction to health careers at UT Health Science Center’s Science Expo

WHAT:  The 2015 Health Professions Fair & Science Expo is a morning of hands-on activities at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. The event will introduce high school and college students to the wide range of health-related and biomedical professions open to them.

At least 1,500 students from schools throughout South Texas will learn how to intubate manikins, start an intravenous (IV) line, immobilize patients like paramedics do before bringing them into an ambulance, administer visual acuity and respiratory function tests, and much more.

WHEN: Media are invited from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14. A Spanish-language spokesperson will be available for interviews, if needed.

WHERE: Sessions will be held in various locations at the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Campus, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive, San Antonio, Texas 78229.

WHO: 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 medical, dental, nursing, basic science and health professions faculty members and students.

NOTES: This is the 13th consecutive year that the event has been held at the UT Health Science Center.

Dr. Chapa had fond memories of working at the expo when she was a student here. 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 to everything the Health Science Center offers at one event,” 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 more than 29,000 graduates. The $765 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.



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