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High school students try out careers in medicine

Posted at 7:31 PM, Jun 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-21 22:19:59-04

150 students, from the Step Up program, a group that provides jobs and paid internships for kids during the summer, visited UNMC’s Career Day for a first hand look at careers in the medical field.

Nursing, medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy, the big four medical professions; but there are more than 200. 

15-year-old Jasyn Howard is learning more than he imagined about ultrasounds.

“I think that’s pretty cool,” Howard said.  “I didn't know that’s how they actually did it. But it might be something that I look forward to doing.”

Howard said he's thought about becoming a doctor or dentist, but never thought about these other medical professions.

“Those professions that happen behind the scenes, students know less about,” Maggie Winnicki, Director of Student Services, College of Allied Health Professions said.  “So by having a day like this, it exposes them to those professions, helps it get on to their radar.”

Medical professionals took time out of their day to teach students the basics like intubation.

It may be the interaction with a medical professional that changes the course of their entire life.

“We are reaching students that aren't normally going to get a chance to see this,” Winnicki said.  “Not only do we get them on to campus so they can see some of these things in their own environment, but we are exposing them to some great faculty and technologists.”

They hope they'll see some students like Howard back here in a few years as a college student.