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NYIT Prepares High School Students for Medical and Health Careers

Medical Academy

Old Westbury, N.Y.  (July 23, 2013) – Faculty and students from NYIT School of Health Professions and the College of Osteopathic Medicine spent time this summer delivering lectures, programs, and demonstrations for high school students interested in health and medical professions.

At the two-week Health and Medical Academy summer camp, 10th- and 11th-grade students enjoyed hands-on opportunities to learn suturing techniques, prepare splints, perform CPR, and measure blood pressure. Each day, NYIT medical or health professions faculty spoke about job outlooks and the unique aspects of various careers, from neuroscience, nutrition, and pediatrics to nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and physician assistant studies. More than 15 faculty members participated, along with current students from the School of Health Professions and College of Osteopathic Medicine.

In a separate program, the College of Osteopathic Medicine hosted two groups of more than 100 students  in the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF) on Medicine, an invitation-only program for selected students around the country who hope to pursue medical careers. During their daylong visit, they learned about at medical school requirements, simulations, forensic science, anatomy, and the tenets of osteopathic medicine. They also toured the campus and enjoyed a lunch in the academic quad.

National Youth Leadership Forum

“Through the medical academy camp and our presentations to the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine, the School of Health Profession and the College of Osteopathic Medicine  have shown a commitment to developing a pipeline for high schools students entering the health and medical professions,” said Vice President for Health Sciences and Medical Affairs Barbara Ross-Lee, D.O. “Our faculty provided an informative experience, which included exposing the students to current medical issues and equipment and showing them how medical professionals conduct themselves.”

Ross-Lee greeted about 100 NYLF students yesterday morning, quizzing them on the characteristics medical schools might look for during an interview. She urged them to develop their listening and observation skills, and she explained the special hands-on training that osteopathic physicians use to diagnose, treat, and communicate care to their patients.

Ross-Lee noted that whatever their personal career goals, the students should understand that patients are at the center of the health care system and that a host of professionals are involved in their care.

“The future of health care is going to be in teams, where all these professions work together,” she said.

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