Ambassadors Spark Passion for Health Careers with Game

Posted in MU School of Health Professions

If you ask a room full of 5th graders what they want to be when they grow up, you’ll get “doctor,” “teacher,” “pro athlete,” and even “taller.” As varied as their responses are, kids’ answers reflect mostly the careers they know about from personal experience. A group of student ambassadors from the School of Health Professions created an innovative game to help broaden younger students’ exposure to the wide variety of careers that comprise modern health care. SHP students Erin Stump (health sciences, physical therapy), Allan Foster (health sciences, optometry), Julie Hale (health sciences, public health), and Abbey Verslues (physical therapy) developed “Who Cares for Me: A Health Careers Exploration Game” specifically to help younger students explore less common health careers that are valuable contributors to health care teams. Cheri Ghan coordinates the ambassador team and provided the challenge to the students that resulted in the game. “Helping younger students...

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