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Geisinger offers workshops on health care fields

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Tomorrow’s health care professionals had the opportunity to learn from today’s experts recently when high school students from across northeast Pennsylvania attended Geisinger’s annual Aspirations in Medicine and Healthcare Initiatives (AIM HI) event at The Woodlands. 

More than 90 students in 10th and 11th grade from Abington Heights, Crestwood, Dallas, Hanover Area, Lakeland, Lake-Lehman, Northwest Area, Old Forge, Pittston, Riverside, Wilkes-Barre Area and Wilkes-Barre Area Career and Technical Center participated in seven workshops designed to give them detailed insight into careers available at Geisinger.

Classrooms were dedicated to interactive sessions about information security, physical therapy, laboratory, infection control, human resources, radiology and MyCode/genetic research. Each workshop was conducted by Geisinger professionals experienced in these fields. 

Crestwood junior Trey Zabroski was drawn to the event by the information security workshop as he hopes to pursue a career in forensics, but he enjoyed a demonstration in the physical therapy workshop when occupational therapist Dominick DelPrete asked him to use the same tool, a sock donner, that patients recovering from hip replacements use to put on their socks.

“My great-grandmother had a hip replacement,” Zabroski said. “I saw the tools, but I never knew they were part of the procedure for recovery. I just thought they were meant to help older adults.”

Meyers sophomore Katrina Concepcion and Dallas junior Emma Thomas took interest in a mock urine-testing demonstration proctored by medical technologist and laboratory supervisor Jennifer Swire in the laboratory workshop. 

“I learned more about what a medical technologist does in the field,” said Concepcion, who noted that several members of her family, including her mother, are nurses or nurse practitioners. “I want to do something in the medical field, but I’m not sure what yet.”

Thomas, who said she learned more about urine samples and blood samples than she had known previously, has a more specific goal in sight. 

“I want to study biomedical engineering and make prosthetics,” she said. “I’d like to help kids in need and work with children who have cancer that has taken limbs.”

While some aspirations were in place before the AIM HI event, others may have arisen from the discussions that took place.

“That’s the value of this program,” said Arion Moser, manager of youth volunteer programs at Geisinger. “These students get a real look at what it’s like to be a health care professional from the people who live it every day. They get the kind of insight that can motivate a young mind to embark on a meaningful career path.”
 

About Geisinger
Geisinger is committed to making better health easier for the more than 1 million people it serves. Founded more than 100 years ago by Abigail Geisinger, the system now includes 10 hospital campuses, a health plan with more than half a million members, a Research Institute and the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. With nearly 24,000 employees and more than 1,700 employed physicians, Geisinger boosts its hometown economies in Pennsylvania by billions of dollars annually. Learn more at Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Students participate in Geisinger's AIM-HI event in Wilkes-Barre.
From left, Madison Swire, Meyers sophomore Katrina Concepcion, Dallas junior Emma Thomas and Geisinger medical technologist and laboratory supervisor Jennifer Swire use test strips to analyze various liquids used to simulate urine at Geisinger’s recent AIM HI event at The Woodlands.
A student participates in Geisinger's AIM-HI event in Wilkes-Barre.
From left, Geisinger occupational therapist Dominick DelPrete instructs Crestwood junior Trey Zabroski on how to use a sock donner, a tool used to assist hip-replacement patients during recovery, at Geisinger’s recent AIM HI event at The Woodlands. 

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