West Chester Hospital Medical Series Takes Off

West Chester Hospital Medical Series Takes Off at East, West
Posted on 01/24/2019
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medical speaker series photoThe first week’s spotlight on the rehab services industry blazed the trail for a first-ever 10-week medical speaker series that UC Health West Chester Hospital is hosting at both Lakota East and Lakota West high schools.


“Face time with local professionals is absolutely invaluable to the high school student experience,” said Katie Bauer, Lakota’s strategic business partnerships coordinator. “No one can get through to our students better than someone who has been there and done that in a particular field and can answer all the questions our students are curious about.”


The first session, which was offered during each school’s extra help bell, tackled everything from education requirements and employment trends to skill sets and technical responsibilities of a physical, occupational or speech therapist.


“I didn’t know that speech therapy was part of the rehab team,” said West junior Jessica Sylvester, whose field experience has been mostly limited to physical therapy. “It definitely piqued my interest, so I’m going to look into that career, especially because I know I want to work in a hospital.”  


West sophomore Nathan Koenes appreciated the chance to test his interest in physical therapy and learn more about the schooling required of such a career. “I know I want a job that keeps me active, so it was interesting to hear about what it looks like to do a specific job and also to evaluate whether or not you have the personality for it,” he said.


East senior Grace Phair may already have her heart set on becoming a physician’s assistant in the minority health field, but still finds value in the option to explore and learn about different pathways. “I have a lot of respect for how each part of the healthcare system works and contributes to the whole,” she said. “It’s really interesting to see how it all fits together.”


West Chester Hospital was the first partner in Lakota’s growing internship program and the speaker series is a natural extension of that, giving even more students the opportunity to learn about the healthcare field and all its parts.


“On behalf of everyone at UC Health’s West Chester Hospital, we are proud to support this important educational program that will teach our youth about a variety of careers that are available within the healthcare industry,” said West Chester Hospital Chief Administrative Officer Tom Daskalakis. “Our hope is that this special collaboration will help students find their passion and meaningful career opportunities.”


Thus far, the series has continued with sessions on pharmacy and the operating room. Other areas to be explored include: nursing, intensive care unit, emergency department, imaging, operations, lab and maternity. View the series flyer for the complete schedule at Lakota East and the complete schedule at Lakota West. Pre-register for one or more sessions at Lakota East or Lakota West.