Area students experience Hands on Health Day
On Oct. 31, 19 area high school students had the opportunity to explore healthcare careers in a program called Hands On Health. The program is a joint initiative between Scenic Rivers AHEC (Area Health Education Centers), Gundersen St. Joseph's Hospital and Clinics in Hillsboro and Gundersen Health System and Gundersen Medical Foundation in La Crosse.
The students spent time job shadowing professionals in the medical field at Gundersen Health System's facility in La Crosse. Students were able to choose healthcare careers they were interested in and were matched to professionals working in those areas, including lab, birthing and family medicine.
The students also spent time in the Gundersen Simulation Lab where they participated in several hands-on activities including working with educational mannequins. These state-of-the-art mannequins provide realistic feedback and are used to train medical students in various medical residency programs at Gundersen.
The students involved in the program came from four local schools – Hillsboro, Royall, Wonewoc-Center and Weston. Each school was able to have four students participate.
"We look forward to offering this program on a bi-yearly basis going forward in an effort to educate local students about the various healthcare careers available to them," states Kristie McCoic, Clinic Operations Officer at Gundersen St. Joseph's Hospital and Clinics.