Teens get hands-on introduction to health and science careers at annual expo

WHAT: The 2010 Health Professions Fair & Science Expo, a full day of hands-on activities at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio introducing high school and college students to the wide range of health-related and biomedical professions that are open to them.

About 1,500 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.

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010, from 8:30 a.m. until 3:15 p.m. (Best opportunities for photographers are from 9 to 11 a.m., and again from 1 to 3:15 p.m.)

WHERE: Morning sessions will be held at the Health Professions Research Building, located at 8403 Floyd Curl Drive. (Entrance on Floyd Curl Drive is currently closed; enter off Medical Drive, turning north onto Von Scheele Drive.)

Afternoon 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 210-621-4712 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 students and faculty from all five schools at the Health Science Center (School of Medicine, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Dental School, School of Nursing, and the School of Health Professions).

NOTES: Reporters or photographers needing assistance can reach on-site contacts Elizabeth Allen at 210-621-7592 in the morning or Sheila Hotchkin at 210-621-4712 in the afternoon.

This is the eighth consecutive year that the event has been held at the Health Science Center. Dr. Chapa had fond memories of working the expo when she was a student here. In her current role, she brought the event out of hiatus. “I thought it was a great way to expose a lot of students at once to everything the Health Science Center offers,” Dr. Chapa 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 (NIH) funding. Research and other sponsored program activity totaled a record $259 million in fiscal year 2009. The university’s schools of medicine, nursing, dentistry, health professions and graduate biomedical sciences have produced approximately 26,000 graduates. The $739 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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