UT Health Science Center Med Ed Camp offers high school students hands-on science activities

WHAT: The Laredo Campus Extension of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is holding a summer camp for Laredo high school students interested in the health professions.

Twenty-five Laredo area high school students will learn about the dental hygiene profession through hands-on activities, including the application of a dental sealant on a model of a tooth.

Among the Laredo high school invited are J.B. Alexander, United, United South, Lyndon B. Johnson, J.W. Nixon, Martin, St. Augustine, as well as nearby Hebbronville and Bruni.

WHEN: 10:45-11:45 a.m. on Thursday, June 11

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

WHO: UT Health Science Center Assistant Professor Magda A. de la Torre, RDH, M.P.H., will teach the dental hygiene course and will be available for English and Spanish interviews about the dental hygiene program.

Dental hygienists are the prevention professionals in oral health. They teach patients about good dental practices, as well as clean teeth, provide fluoride rinses and apply sealants to help patients avoid dental problems and become proactive in achieving and maintaining good oral health.

Staff from 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 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.

Med Ed Program participants are offered year-round academic enrichment, community service opportunities, volunteer programs at area health care facilities and field trips to the Laredo Campus Extension and the Health Science Center campus in San Antonio to learn more about how to prepare for an education and career in the health professions. For more information about the Med Ed Program visit www.uthscsa.edu/meded.

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 www.uthscsa.edu.

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