Expo gives teens hands-on experience in health, science careers


Students practice intubation and gain an appreciation for a functional airway.

High school and college students throughout South Texas were introduced to a wide range of health-related and biomedical professions at the 10th annual Health Professions Fair & Science Expo. Nearly 1,100 students from schools throughout South Texas learned from Health Science Center students and faculty how to intubate mannekins, immobilize patients (as would paramedics) and start intravenous (IV) lines. “I thought it was a great way to expose a lot of students at once to everything the Health Science Center offers,” said Irene Chapa, Ph.D., director of the Office of Recruitment and Science Outreach. “And it was a great opportunity for our Health Science Center students to really put their knowledge into practice by teaching.”

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