1,500 teens to get hands-on introduction to health careers

WHAT:

The 2014 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 a patient like paramedics do before loading the patient into an ambulance, administer visual acuity and respiratory function tests and much more.

WHEN:

Media are invited to come from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014.

WHERE:

Sessions will be held in various locations at the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Campus, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive. Call on-site contact Will Sansom at 210-275-2160 for assistance.

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:

The event is full and registration for 2014 is closed; however, members of the media are welcome to attend. A Spanish-language spokesperson will be available for interview.

This is the 12th 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 13 percent of academic institutions receiving National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding. The university’s schools of medicine, nursing, dentistry, health professions and graduate biomedical sciences have produced more than 31,000 graduates. The $787.7 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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