Starkville, Miss. (WCBI) – The University of Mississippi Medical Center and Mississippi State hosted an event at the Colvard Student Union to educate high school students about careers in the medical field.
This weekend, the University of Mississippi Medical Center and Mississippi State teamed up to educate young minds about the medical field and what it has to offer.
Loretta Jackson-Williams, associate dean of medical education at UMMC, says the goal is to allow these students to dive deeper into each course.
“We understand that our students go to college for the most part before going to medical center and we want to encourage our students to investigate the wonderful colleges we have available,” Williams said.
Each student was assigned to a group and learned what each program has to offer, from the work lifestyle to the salary they could receive.
“Schools will let them know the kinds of programs they have and let them know the kind of work they do and the kind of interactions they have so that students get full realization of health careers,” said Williams. .
Williams also says that while students can be determined by what they want to do, it’s always beneficial to keep their options open.
“Students change their minds even when choosing a health program, we recognize that there may be something that interests them a little more, so we encourage students to come with an open mind and really consider all the possibilities,” Williams said.
Kristen Nalls, a student at UMMC, believes that this program gives students a better understanding of what the medical field has to offer.
“I feel like high school students don’t have direction as to what’s next and I think it gives them a chance to start the journey and prepare early to get that experience now. It’s not just the doctor you see in a family practice or the dentist you see every 6 months, there are so many other pathways to health care and other ways to serve in the healthcare field,” Nalls said.
Students also received a goody bag and a free meal voucher after the event for a job well done.