STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- What do you want to be?
It’s a question kids get asked all the time and for teenagers the questions only intensify.
Knowing what you want to do, knowing what there is to do and knowing what training and education is required to do it are all pressing issues in high school.
For those who have a vague idea that they would like to work in the medical field or may even know they want to be a doctor or a physical therapist, answers can be found at a series of lectures provided by experts at Staten Island University Hospital (SIUH).
Designed to introduce high school students to careers in medicine and related health professions, “Exploring Health Care Careers” was developed with the input of students, teachers and hospital staff.
“We took a look at traditional health careers and at giving students insight into new careers that came about by breakthroughs in technology and the needs of the aging boomer population. We try to give a broad overview of the many careers available,” said Ann Marie McDonough, SIUH associate vice president Rehabilitation.
Topics including radiology, trauma care, neurology, pharmacy and patient relations management reflect the wide range of occupations that are that available in the health field.
“The whole lecture series gives you more information, because people just think of doctors when they think of hospitals, they don’t know specifics about it. They just think of helping people — which is important — but having the doctors speak to us, it puts you behind the scenes,” said Ryan Sipp, a senior at Tottenville High School who is interested in orthopedics with a sports medicine specialty.
As part of the medical technology program at Tottenville, he has worked in the physical therapy department of SIUH South. It was in response to some of his suggestions to staff there that “Exploring Health Care Careers” evolved to open up opportunities to high school students across the Island.
In addition to Tottenville High School, the task force includes students from Staten Island Technical, St. Joseph Hill Academy, St. John Villa Academy, Moore Catholic and Notre Dame high schools.
“It was amazing to having the trauma surgeon, Dr. Schultz at the conference and thinking that a few hours ago he could have been inside someone, doing major surgery, and now he’s sitting up here talking to us,” said Ryan.
The one-hour lectures are held every other Thursday at 4 p.m. in the Regina McGinn, MD Education Center. Two summer sessions are planned on Mondays at 11 a.m.
Students are required to pre-register with the science chairperson at their school by Tuesday of each week. More information available at siuh.edu/future.
Careers in the following fields will be discussed in upcoming sessions:
Exploring Careers in Health
Thursdays at 4 p.m.
March 27: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
April 10: The Brain: The Mind – Behavioral Science, Psychiatry, Psychology & Social Work
April 24: Laboratory Science and Epidemiology/Infectious Diseases
May 8: Pharmacy and Surgery with Robots
May 22: Emergency Medicine / Disaster Preparedness