March 27, 2012 — Hundreds of local high school and college students are slated to attend an all-day Medical Careers Conference at CSU Bakersfield on Friday, April 13. Presented by Kern Medical Center and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, in partnership with CSUB, area high schools and community colleges, the conference offers students interested in health fields the opportunity to meet local health care professionals and learn about the opportunities through a variety of panels, presentations, and workshops.
"The idea is to get young people excited about health care early on as they start to think about what career path they would like to pursue," said Eric vanSonnenberg, MD, Chief Academic Officer at Kern Medical Center. "The conference will give students access to learn about the many medical and health career pathways that are available."
The morning session caters to high schools students, when they will hear from KMC and UCLA professionals about groundbreaking news in the world of medicine, in addition to success stories from Kern County residents who have gone on to successful medical careers. Doctors and medical professionals from fields such as nursing, dentistry, psychology, pharmacology, and physical therapy will present lectures and panels about health-related careers. The afternoon session provides similar content targeted to college students.
At noon, the Kern Medical Center/UCLA Medical Forum will help educate high school and college administrators, principals, and counselors on guiding budding medical and health students to opportunities at UCLA and other UC schools. A goal of the conference is to pipeline Kern County students to medical and health careers and to have them eventually return to practice at KMC and in Kern County.
During lunchtime break-out sessions, high school students can mingle through booths from UCLA and CSUB's School of Natural Science, Mathematics, and Engineering to learn about CSUB's nursing and pre-med programs. A number of CSUB's student health and science clubs will also be on hand so prospective students can have peer-to-peer interaction.
The KMC Department of Radiology will be performing real-life ultrasounds for students to observe.
"We are pleased to be able to offer this exceptional conference on our campus," said CSUB President, Dr. Horace Mitchell. "It represents a rare opportunity for local students to learn more about health careers directly from distinguished practitioners, in the convenience of one location."
To register or for more information about the conference, contact Joan Buddecke at Kern Medical Center, 661-326-2896.
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Kern Medical Center
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