Forty high schoolers from across El Paso participated in a three-day summer camp at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) earlier this month.
The free camp focused on careers in health care, including nursing, medicine, dentistry, and biomedical sciences. To pique their interest in the field, the event offered a range of activities, including tours of El Paso Children’s Hospital and the Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso clinics, and a question and answer session with a panel of TTUHSC El Paso students.
“Sometimes, students come to our camp thinking they want to go into health care, but they don’t necessarily know what specialty they want to go into,” said Uriel Acuna, the Health Careers Camp promotion coordinator. “Our main objective is that when they leave this camp, they have a better understanding of what they want to do after college and learn what they want to study.”
Ashani Williams, a junior at Franklin High School who attended the camp, already knew what she wanted to be when she grew up: a veterinarian. Nonetheless, she still enjoyed and benefited from the TTUHSC El Paso experience.
“I applied to the camp because I believe that it is important to take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way,” she said. “It’s also really important to start early [when it comes to your education]. Being with the professors, especially with Dr. Herb Janssen, and listening to a lecture was a really great experience because we were able to learn and connect with others.”
The Health Careers Camp was organized by the TTUHSC El Paso Area Health Education Center (AHEC). The mission of AHEC is to address the shortage of health care providers and improve access to health care in West Texas through education and development of the workforce.
Photos by Tommie Morelos, Office of Institutional Advancement.