Students at Health Career Exploration Week

BW’s first Health Care Exploration Week kicked off with a full roster of high school students eager to investigate careers.

New Summer Program Explores the Breadth of a Signature Northeast Ohio Industry

June 17, 2015

Students at Health Career Exploration WeekBaldwin Wallace University's first Health Care Exploration Week kicked off this week with a full roster of high school students eager to investigate careers in one of the region's most significant employment sectors.

The week-long, grant supported, residential program is taking place against a backdrop of robust regional hiring predictions in healthcare — Team NEO's regional jobs growth forecast shows nearly half the new jobs created in the next decade will be in health care-related industries.

“We could have filled this camp at least twice,” said Ann Conrad, director of Undergraduate Programs 
for BW’s School of Business, who pulled together BW faculty colleagues from across campus to lead diverse activities that are emphasize active experiential learning.

Cadavers, Code Blue and CPR

The packed schedule includes quality time in the University’s biology and cadaver labs where students are interpreting blood panels and, yes, examining the layout of organs in real human cadavers used by BW pre-med and biology students. Using medical mannequins and other equipment, students also will participate in exercises led by nursing and physician assistant program faculty including suturing, infection control, blood pressure monitoring, wound care and Code Blue response.

Beyond that traditional medical focus, students will sample activities in BW’s speech communications disorders and music therapy programs, and gain a view of the business side of the mammoth health care industry, with help from School of Business faculty and Southwest General. They also will earn CPR certification through training lead by School of Health, Physical Education and Sport Sciences faculty.

Off-site visits are also on the agenda including tours of MetroHealth Medical Center and the MedWish International health agency, with insights from the director of BW’s public health major.

Broad Industry Exposure Earns Foundation Support

“The idea is to give students a view of how broad the industry and its career pathways really are,” Conrad said. “Each session will be wrapped up with a conversation about how each skill set they’ve explored translates into a health care career.”

Six charitable foundations from the region stepped up to support the program, providing full tuition scholarships for 12 students to attend:

  • The Center for Health Affairs
  • The Cleveland Foundation
  • The MetroHealth Foundation
  • Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation
  • St. Luke’s Foundation
  • Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland

In addition, The Benesch Law Firm donated use of a Progressive Field suite so the students will enjoy a night out at a Cleveland Indians game.

“The students who applied to this program wrote compelling and moving essays about why they aspire to work in the health care field,” said Conrad. “We’re thrilled to have community support to give 24 young people a head start on making that aspiration a reality.”