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Medical Careers Academy Holds 'Health Fair'

More than 20 outside institutions set up shop in the MHS gymnasium on Tuesday, May 24 as the Medical Careers Academy held its first-ever ‘Health Fair.”

Hundreds of students circulated through the gym, picking up brochures and talking to representatives of the Connecticut Brain Tumor Alliance, the National Kidney Foundation, Cardio Express, Manchester Public Health Department, and others institutions of that ilk. (You can see photos from the event on the MPSPride Facebook page.)

“Giving students exposure to a wide array of health professionals is extremely important,” said Mark Ruede, who is an assistant principal at MHS and the director of the MCA. “We have talented, ambitious students and the more they know about the medical field, the more likely they will be able to find their own niche.”

Exhibitors said they were impressed with the types of questions students asked, and students themselves gave the event high marks.

"It was a great opportunity for me to talk to the paramedics with ASM and I hope I can job shadow with them soon," said Destiny Brown, a junior.

Shania Stanton, also a junior, was also enthusiastic. "I love the chance to talk to professionals from the medical field and it makes me even more excited to be one someday," she said,

Janine Lambert, an instructor in the academy, said interaction with professionals is important..

“We make our classes as rigorous and relevant as we can, and arrange field trips and internships to give students opportunities to experience things first-hand,” Lambert said. “But the field of medicine is vast, and events like this really reinforce the scope of what students might be able to do as they think about their options for college and beyond.”

Other institutions represented at the show:

  • Brain Injury Alliance of CT

  • Ambulance Service of Manchester

  • Integrated Rehabilitation Services - Certified Lymphedema Therapist

  • The Edge

  • Korey Stringer Institute

  • ECHN/John A. Dequattro Cancer Center

  • Manchster Community Garden

  • Manchester Community College

  • Mas.. College of Pharmacy and Allied Health

  • Lincoln College

  • AHEC/AmeriCorps Volunteers

  • American Cancer Society

  • American Lung Association

  • American Red Cross

  • CT Dep’t of Energy and Environmental Protection

There were also seven displays created by students.

Ruede said he is looking forward to having a ‘Health Fair’ every year and said he is already thinking of ways to make it bigger and better.

“We are incredibly grateful to everyone who supported us,” Ruede said, “and we are definitely looking forward to working with them again and for years to come.”

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