Medical career programs open to West Valley high school students

High school students get a hands-on look at the medical profession at a recent Midwestern career program. [Submitted photo]

Midwestern University, 19555 N. 59th Ave., Glendale, in partnership with the BHHS Legacy Foundation, is offering high school students a slate of free programs designed to stoke interest in healthcare careers.

Beginning Monday, Feb. 4 with the Arizona Regional Brain Bee, Midwestern will then host its annual Health Sciences Career Day Thursday, Feb. 28. The capstone event, the eight-day Health Careers Institute for High School Students, takes place July 11-20.

A live competition similar to a spelling bee, the Arizona Regional Brain Bee offers students the chance to compete for scholarships and other prizes by answering questions about the brain and central nervous system. Participation is free, and the winner will receive a $2,000 first prize scholarship to any Midwestern University program, as well as free airfare and expense money to compete in the National Brain Bee in Washington D.C.

The Health Sciences Career Day is designed for high school classes to visit University labs, tour the campus, and attend interactive presentations by healthcare professionals. Classes will have the opportunity to choose hands-on workshops highlighting careers in osteopathic medicine, optometry, dental medicine, pharmacy, physician assistant studies, occupational therapy, biomedical sciences, perfusion, podiatric medicine, clinical psychology, physical therapy, nurse anesthesia, speech-language pathology and veterinary medicine.

For students who want to learn about health careers more in depth, MWU will offer its eight-day Health Careers Institute for High School Students in July. Each day, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Midwestern faculty and advanced students will teach workshops in anatomy, physiology, and introductory skills for various health professions, with a special focus on how to prepare for college and what to expect from each profession. Guest lectures for this summer program will include current medical topics such as emergency medicine, sports medicine, drug abuse, healthcare volunteer opportunities, and more.

In addition, participants will attend a medical field trip to Arrowhead Hospital and an interactive Emergency Medical Services mock rescue scenario presented by the Glendale Fire Department.


Registration Dates and Information

What: Arizona Regional Brain Bee

When: 5-9:30 p.m. Monday, Feb, 4

Contact: 623-572-3353,

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What: Health Sciences Career Day

When: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28

Contact: 623-572-3353,

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What: Health Careers Institute for High School Students

When: July 11-20

Application Deadline: April 1 (Must be current junior or senior in high school)

Contact: 623-572-3353,

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