Students to learn how the body works at Med Ed Physical Therapy Summer Camp

WHAT: Twenty-five Laredo area high school students will learn about bones, joints and muscles, and how physical therapists help patients recover from injuries. The program is part of the UT Health Science Center’s Med Ed camp that explores the field of physical therapy.

Through balance training, students will gain a better understanding of the body’s sense of balance. They’ll compare walking with their eyes open and closed on different surfaces, including the floor, wobble boards and other physical therapy equipment used to improve balance.

WHEN: 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 23

WHERE: The Academic Building at the UT Health Science Center’s
Laredo Campus Extension, 1937 Bustamante Street

WHO: UT Health Science Center physical therapy faculty members Julie Barnett, DPT, MTC, assistant professor, and Catherine Ortega, Ed.D., PT, ATC, OCS, associate professor can discuss in English and Spanish the field of physical therapy and the educational requirements to enter this high-demand profession in South Texas.

Griselda Rubio, M.H.A., health careers program coordinator for the UT Health Science Center’s Med Ed Program, will be on hand to explain in English and Spanish how students can become involved in the Med Ed program, which provides encouragement and support for middle school, high school and undergraduate college students in South Texas who are interested in the health professions.

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 $668 million, the Health Science Center is the chief catalyst for the $16.3 billion biosciences and health care sector in San Antonio’s economy. The Health Science Center has had an estimated $36 billion impact on the region since inception and has expanded to six campuses in San Antonio, Laredo, Harlingen and Edinburg. More than 25,600 graduates (physicians, dentists, nurses, scientists and other 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, dentistry and many other fields. For more information, visit

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