Pre-college health and medical field program prepares youth
Collaboration around a pre-college program in the health and medical field can have positive, long-term impacts on careers.
From July 8-16, 2017, a program for students interested in pursuing a career in the health and medical field will take place at Michigan State University (MSU) in the College of Osteopathic Medicine, called OsteoCHAMPS. Eligible students are entering their junior or senior year in high school, have an interest in the health careers, and have a financial sponsor or are able to self-pay.
During OsteoCHAMPS, students take classes and have hands-on activities to help them learn and prepare for a career in health and medicine like anatomy/physiology, biochemistry, writing and a medical research project. Some extra-curricular activities include medical skills activities like structural and physical examination skills and some career activities.
Michigan State University Extension has a history working with the College of Osteopathic Medicine through OsteoCHAMPS. During the summer program, members of the Career Exploration and Workforce Preparation Work Team facilitated sessions in interviewing and money management.
At a local county level, Muskegon County MSU Extension works with the Osteopathic Foundation of West Michigan to provide learning sessions for OsteoCHAMPS participants and new students interested in becoming a doctor through a program called OsteoScholars. The session topics are related to college and career preparation and serve as a tool to send students to OsteoCHAMPS. Also, the Osteopathic Foundation of west Michigan will sponsor students in OsteoScholars to attend the OsteoCHAMPS Summer Program by providing scholarships.
Applications are available on the OsteoCHAMPS website and the deadline is March 1, 2017. If students are interested in the summer program, they should be prepared to provide a transcript and answer essay questions. Participating in a pre-college program can give students an advantage as they are preparing and entering college. Students can learn what it is like to reside in the dorms or residence halls and learn about being responsible with time management and going to class. Some pre-college programs can provide sessions to take the standardized tests like the SAT or ACT and they may provide information on financial aid and scholarships. Students can also grow their network from their interaction with other students in their program and from the faculty members who are coordinating and teaching the program. Most of all, career or major-specific programs like OsteoCHAMPS allow students to answer the following question, “Is this the career field or major for me?”
If you’re a student interested in the health and medical field, explore the opportunity to attend the OsteoCHAMPS Summer Program. If you have a friend or you’re not a student and know someone interested in this field, encourage them to explore this opportunity. Participating in a program like OsteoCHAMPS can be a benefit for all students.