As an academic
medical center, UNC Health Care is committed to assisting in the
preparation of students for high school graduation and college success,
as well as promoting coursework that leads to careers in the health
professions. With great competition from other career fields, it is
vital to attract young people to professions in health care by
educating them about the value and opportunities open to them through
careers as physicians, nurses and allied health professionals.
UNC Health Care supports students locally a number of different ways. This includes having staff meeting with students as part of career fairs, supporting the NC Health Occupations Student Association state conference and the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine, increasing minority presence in the health professions through the UNC School of Medicine and sponsoring fundraising activities such as the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation's annual Walk for Education.
One example of our employees working with local students was the UNC Morehead Planetarium's "Science of the ER" summer camp (above). From sutures to respiratory therapy, middle school students learned directly from our staff what happens behind the scenes in the Emergency Department at UNC Hospitals.
On a statewide level our employees connect with students from the coastline to the mountains through our Health Careers Symposium. Each year the Hospital’s Volunteer Association coordinates this event for more than 200 high school juniors and seniors. This all day event provides students a chance to learn first-hand what it takes to prepare for a career in health care and to work in a clinical setting.