Laredo educators to learn about health career opportunities for students

What: The Med/Ed Program at the Laredo Campus Extension of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is holding an Orientation to the Health Sciences, an information session about professional health education opportunities available through the Health Science Center.

There will be opportunities to interview and photograph UT Health Science Center presenters before the event from 8 to 8:30 a.m. or at 2 p.m.

Who: Assistant and associate deans from the UT Health Science Center’s schools of medicine, dentistry, nursing, allied health sciences and graduate school of biomedical sciences will give presentations to Laredo middle school and high school administrators, counselors, teachers and selected student representatives. They will explain the opportunities available to local students in the health professionals and how students can better prepare educationally for acceptance into these programs.
Faculty members from Laredo Community College and Texas A&M International University also have been invited to the orientation to learn how their students can transition into the UT Health Science Center health professions programs.

Representatives from the Health Science Center’s Med/Ed Program and Office of Recruitment & Science Outreach will also make presentations.

When: 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5.

Where: D.D. Hachar Building, 1937 Bustamante Street, on the Laredo Campus Extension of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Why: One of the Health Science Center’s missions is to offer opportunities and encouragement to South Texas students to pursue an education in medicine, dentistry, nursing, the allied health sciences and medical research, and then return to serve their communities.

South Texas has been designated as a medically underserved area, meaning that there are not enough health care professionals in the region to serve the medical needs of the community.

How: Activities offered by the Med/Ed Program include:

• Academic enrichment workshops to improve essay writing, test taking and interviewing skills
• Ongoing guidance and counseling related to academic and career choices
• Volunteer opportunities associated with area health facilities
• A Summer Preparatory Academy focusing on math, science, English writing skills and study skills
• Field trips to The University of Texas Health Science Center campuses.

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is the leading research institution in South Texas and one of the major health sciences universities in the world. With an operating budget of $576 million, the Health Science Center is the chief catalyst for the $15.3 billion biosciences and health care sector in San Antonio’s economy. The Health Science Center has had an estimated $35 billion impact on the region since inception and has expanded to six campuses in San Antonio, Laredo, Harlingen and Edinburg. More than 22,000 graduates (physicians, dentists, nurses, scientists and allied health professionals) serve in their fields, including many in Texas. Health Science Center faculty are international leaders in cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, aging, stroke prevention, kidney disease, orthopaedics, research imaging, transplant surgery, psychiatry and clinical neurosciences, pain management, genetics, nursing, allied health, dentistry and many other fields.

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