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Samuel Merritt University Joins Public Health Institute to Encourage At-Risk Teens Stay in School; Physician Assistant Students Mentor Teens about Healthcare Careers

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Samuel Merritt University Joins Public Health Institute to Encourage At-Risk Teens Stay in School; Physician Assistant Students Mentor Teens about Healthcare Careers

(July 10, 2012  Oakland, CA ) Nearly ten dozen high school students from the across the United States are dedicating part of their summer to learn about careers in healthcare from Samuel Merritt University (SMU) students and faculty.  The Oakland-based University and FACES for the Future Coalition, a project of the Public Health Institute, has partnered to create FACES for the Future Coalition 2012 Summer Medical Academy.   

WHY:  The 11-day program is designed to introduce at-risk high school students to careers in the medical and health professions. The goal of the Academy is to provide scientific information to the young student in the hope of sparking interest in advanced education.

"The program was created as an opportunity to expose students living in low-income homes to different healthcare careers and encourage them to attend college after graduating from high school," said Michael De Rosa, PhD, Chair of the Master of Physician Assistant (MPA) Program.  "At Samuel Merritt University the Summer Medical Academy program allows the young students to experience how simulation based education, human anatomy, and clinical skills are integrated into academic programs."

"The workshops and lectures will also discuss topics such as medical ethics, public health, health disparities, patient centered care, culture competency and international medicine," explains Jonathan Miller, FACES for the Future Development Consultant.

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WHAT:  SMU students and faculty from the Physician Assistant program will be leading the teens in clinical skills workshops for learning how to take vital signs, suturing, and CPR.  The high school youth will also work with simulated human-like mannequins in the University's state-of-the-art Health Sciences Simulation Center (HSSC).  There the teens will learn how a patient is diagnosed with an ankle fracture in the emergency department and how the physician assistant applies a short leg cast.  This workshop will help teens understand how PA's develop skills in reducing fractures,  splinting, and casting.

WHEN:  Tuesday, July 10 at 10a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

WHERE:  Samuel Merritt University 450 30th Street  Oakland (Ground Floor:  HSSC - G-860)

Samuel Merritt University has been educating health science practitioners who are committed to making a positive difference in diverse communities since 1909.  The University offers an undergraduate degree in nursing; master's degrees in nursing, occupational therapy, and physician assistant; and doctoral degrees in nursing, physical therapy and podiatric medicine.  For more information visit www.samuelmerritt.edu.