SMU Students Mentor At-Risk Teens to Consider a Career in Health Care

Samuel Merritt University

Media Relations Contact:
Elizabeth Valente 510.725.7980
June 30, 2009

SMU Students Mentor At-Risk Teens to Consider a Career in Health Care

(OAKLAND, Calif., June 30, 2009) More than two dozen teens from the Oakland Unified School District are dedicating seven weeks of their summer break to learn what it means to pursue a career in health care from students and faculty members from Samuel Merritt University (SMU).


Teens between the age of 11-15 enrolled in the Youth in Medicine program, a free summer course created by Alta Bates Summit Medical Center (ABSMC) in collaboration with Sutter Health East Bay Medical Foundation, will have an up-close look at how simulation-based education and clinical skills are integrated into the academic programs at the University. The students will interact with a human-like mannequins that can talk and move. SMU students and faculty will counsel the young teens about the different professional careers in health care, introduce them to basic science, nursing skills, and show them the settings of an operating room at SMU’s Health Science Simulation Center (HSSC).


The majority of students involved in Youth in Medicine are considered "at-risk" teens. This summer camp for East Bay youth is an opportunity to get the Oakland students acquainted with different careers in health care and encourage the young teens to pursue college after graduating from high school.


Wednesday, July 1, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m, and 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.


Health Science Simulation Center (HSSC) located at Samuel Merritt University on 450 30th Street, Oakland (ground floor). The HSSC is the state-of-the-art human simulation laboratory on the Oakland campus.


Students between the ages of 11-15, Celeste Villanueva Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist and SMU professor and HSSC director, , Jebarri Smith, a Youth Bridge program graduate and nursing student, and Greba Jackson, Youth Bridge Director.


Students will work with SMU faculty, nursing and podiatry students to learn about basic vital signs by listening to heart beats, and taking pulse and blood pressure. VERY VISUAL!


Elizabeth Valente, Associate Director of Media Relations, 510.725.7980 cell and

Samuel Merritt University, located on ‘Pill Hill’ in Oakland, California, is celebrating 100 years of educating health science practitioners who are committed to making a positive difference in diverse communities. Nearly 1,300 students are enrolled at SMU, with campuses in Oakland, Sacramento, San Francisco and San Mateo. The University offers an undergraduate degree in nursing; master's degrees in nursing, occupational therapy, physician assistant; and doctoral degrees in physical therapy and podiatric medicine. For more information visit

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