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Atrium Medical Center helps area high school students get exposure to medical careers

MIDDLETOWN, OHIO, Oct. 11, 2016: The high school student wearing a long white lab coat wasn’t pushing hard enough during CPR to save the patient. “You need to push harder, faster,” a nurse educator coached the student, helping the young person find the right position and rhythm on the chest for the compressions.

A real person’s life was not on the line this time. Instead, students were getting hands-on experience with a simulation mannequin, known as SimMan, during a Wednesday morning in August.

At different points throughout the same morning, the group of students toured Atrium Medical Center’s emergency department and heard from an interventional cardiologist about how the heart uses pressure to pump blood from one chamber to another.

The shadowing experience is meant to give exceptional students, part of a program called Cincinnati TAP MD, opportunities to “tap” into their potential to fulfill careers in medicine.

Cincinnati TAP MD is a year-long educational program of The Health Collaborative now in its sixth year. Students from high schools throughout Greater Cincinnati apply for a chance to get up close to area hospitals and medical practitioners. Each month, students visit a different health care facility for observation.

A 2013 study commissioned for The Health Collaborative found Greater Cincinnati lacks nearly 200 primary care physicians and the gap could grow as consumers’ health insurance plans allow them to seek free preventive services and primary care.

“Cincinnati, much like the rest of America, lacks the amount of physicians we could truly use to ensure residents get the best access to care right in their community,” said Heleena McKinney, recruitment coordinator for Cincinnati MD Jobs, part of The Health Collaborative. “The health care landscape changes often, but the fact that physicians are in demand won’t.”

To enter this career exploring program, students must be strong academically (scores of 29 ACT and/or 1300 SAT), motivated, mature, dependable and have a positive attitude. Ultimately, the goal of the TAP MD program is for more than 50 percent of participants to pursue a career in medicine and become doctors, nurse practitioners or physician assistants, for example.

“In our community, there are many talented young people and we want them to know the types of career opportunities available at Premier Health,” said Yolanda Munguia, academic partnerships program manager for Premier Health Learning Institute, the educational arm of the Premier Health system. “We do this by providing students job shadowing, career fairs, career exploration events and introducing them to potential mentors and job openings.”

Students toured the Middletown hospital in August 2016 and saw first-hand different aspects of Atrium Medical Center’s cardiology program, hearing speakers on echocardiography, induced hypothermia, coronary angiography, ventricular assist devices and more.

Atrium Medical Center provides comprehensive cardiac care services to Middletown and surrounding communities. Outpatient cardiac rehabilitation and testing is also available at Atrium Medical Center in Middletown at One Medical Center Drive, as well as Atrium Health Center Mason, located at 7450 Mason Montgomery Rd.; and Atrium Health Center Trenton located on the campus of Edgewood City Schools at 3590 Busenbark Rd.

For more information about cardiology and vascular services at Atrium, visit

“It’s important for the hospital to help nurture young people’s interest in becoming physicians and to encourage the next generation to think about the challenges in health care they can help solve around preventative medicine and chronic disease,” said Dr. Jeffrey Hoffman, chief medical officer of Atrium Medical Center.

Cincinnati TAP MD begins accepting applications in October, which are due in December, for its 2017 program. Applicants will be notified early January and attend their first event later that month. The program is competitive with only 50 spots total. For more information, please visit:


Atrium Medical Center provides comprehensive cardiac care services to Middletown and surrounding communities such as:

  • diagnostic testing for identifying cardiac diseases and conditions;
  • diagnostic catheterizationsto find blockages in the arteries that feed the heart, assess heart valves for leakage or identify abnormalities within the heart since birth;
  • cardiac interventional procedures, such as balloon angioplasty and coronary stenting that treat and repair disease within the coronary arteries;
  • an electrophysiology labwhere procedures that assess and repair irregular heartbeats are performed;
  • open-heart surgery;
  • thoracic surgeryto correct disorders and diseases affecting the organs inside the chest;
  • inpatient and outpatient cardiac rehabilitation including monitored exercise and education; and pulmonary rehabilitation.


About Premier Health

Based in Dayton, Ohio, Premier Health ( has a mission to build healthier communities. The health system operates four hospitals: Miami Valley Hospital with an additional site at Miami Valley Hospital South; Good Samaritan Hospital; Atrium Medical Center; and Upper Valley Medical Center. In addition, the health system offers a large primary and specialty care network, along with home health services.

About The Health Collaborative

The Health Collaborative is a non-profit organization that strives to positively impact health status, experience, outcomes, and affordability by fostering a connected system of health care and community health through innovation, integration, and informatics in the greater Cincinnati region. For more information, visit