WA high school students interested in exploring their future medical career options will gain hands-on experiences, invaluable networking and insight through Scitech’s Future Health Professionals program.
Running from the 14th-18th of January, students will learn practical skills like how to perform a renal biopsy, or close wounds by stapling, surgical gluing and suturing; learn about specialty fields such as paediatrics and midwifery; and receive an exclusive tour of hospital facilities such as the emergency department, dialysis unit, and high dependency units.
Hand-selected from across the State, thirty students from Years 11 and 12 will have the opportunity to take part in lectures and workshops offered by a wide range of medical professionals.
Deb Hancock, Scitech CEO, considers these students to be the best of the best of aspiring medical professionals.
Ms Hancock said the program provides a unique learning experience in the intensive and varied field of medical science, working closely with Scitech’s commitment to ensuring students are well equipped with Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) knowedlge.
“With 75% of the fastest growing occupations over the next 10 years requiring STEM skills, it is programs like this that make a huge difference to the well-being of Western Australia and its continued economic sustainability,” she said.
Ms Hancock said the program has wonderful testimonials from previous years and is highly regarded as one of the best programs on offer.
“Not only from the students, parents and teachers, but also from the medical professionals that have been involved in the program,” she commented.
The program would also not be possible without incredible dedication, time and expertise from the Department of Postgraduate Medical Education, and collaborations with the Centre for Nursing Education at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.
After the program the students will have left the program with varied experiences and insight into what a possible medical career would be like, learned basic skills in medical science and clinical care, networking opportunities with medical professionals, and an understand of how important STEM related topics are to their future careers.
The program also features a career counselling session to answer student questions about the courses and pathways available at each tertiary institution.
“Considering it goes for a short period of time, we do believe that given the number of organisations involved that it is the best opportunity in Western Australia to experience what a medical career would actually be like,”
“The result of such broad exposure and experiences, and practical hands-on opportunities, is if they’re not already inspired they certainly will be afterwards,” Ms Hancock said.
This is just one of the many programs Scitech has to offer for students interested in STEM subjects, with further community consultation taking place to best cater to what future students want.