Teens get hands-on introduction to health and science careers at annual expo
More than 1,500 college and high school students from throughout South Texas learned how to intubate manikins, start an intravenous (IV) line, immobilize a patient as paramedics do, administer visual acuity and respiratory function tests and much more at the 2011 Health Professions Fair & Science Expo held this past fall on the UT Health Science Center San Antonio campus. Through these hands-on experiences, students were exposed to a wide range of health-related and biomedical professions. “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. “It was also a great opportunity for our Health Science Center students to really put their knowledge into practice by teaching.” Faculty and students from all five schools at the Health Science Center participated.