Story last updated at 3/4/2009 - 11:01 am
SITKA - Few people get to see real emergency room doctors in action, be with operating room staff during surgery or even watch a dentist performing a root canal. Alaska Native high school students from Southeast Alaska can experience these and other opportunities when they participate in the Ethel Lund Village Health Occupations Program (VHOP).
Each year, the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium selects a minimum of 12 students interested in the health field for the program, and they visit Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka to learn about different health careers and educational requirements.This year's VHOP session is scheduled for April 20-24. Students who are selected to participate receive assistance to cover the travel costs to and from Sitka, housing, meals and some evening entertainment.
"The goal of the program is to expose Native students from rural Southeast communities to a vast array of health career opportunities," said SEARHC Tribal Recruitment Coordinator Romee McAdams. "Students will 'job shadow' with doctors, nurses, x-ray technicians and many other health professionals."
The application deadline is Monday, March 23. Applications are available at high school offices, at local village corporations or at www.searhc.org/vhop. For more information, contact Romee McAdams at 966-8476 or firstname.lastname@example.org.