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ANTHC introduces health science and injury prevention to ANSEP middle school students

June 3, 2016

Recently, ANTHC assisted with the inaugural health sciences STEM Career Exploration Camp for participants of the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP). The camp hosted 54 middle school students, ages 12 to 14, to participate in activities with a focus on injury prevention.

ANTHC Human Resources supported the camp in partnership with ANSEP and the Alaska Area Health Education Center (AHEC) to focus on health sciences and future career opportunities in Tribal health. The camp was five days long and ANTHC hosted one of the days on campus. The hands-on activities included a mock four-wheeler accident site where students could learn about how to serve as first responders for injured persons in the field. The students learned how to do field immobilization, take vitals and perform CPR. During the camp, students were also taught how to create cases in AFHCAN, communicate with each other across the telehealth carts (to simulate doctors communicating with health aides) and understand just how critical telehealth is to the Tribal Health System.

ANMC Pediatric Intensivist Dr. Stryjewski gave a presentation about how to read a CT Scan. He taught the students how to identify blood clots and skull fractures, and by the end of the presentation they were finding blood clots on the CT scan themselves. He also showed a video of an actual head surgery. Dr. Stryjewski was surprised how engaged the students were and how many questions they had.

This partnership with ANSEP and AHEC is one of the ways ANTHC will reach our goal of helping develop the next generation of Alaska Native professionals. A special thanks goes to Zachary Owen, ANTHC Clinical Education Manager, for taking the lead on coordinating our portion of this event. The Consortium looks forward to continuing our partnership with ANSEP and AHEC.

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