TAP MD students explore healthcare careers during visit to Mercy Health

By Nanette Bentley
Director, Public Relations
Mercy Health – Cincinnati

Helping exceptionally talented high school students “tap” into their potential to fulfill careers in medicine

On Tuesday, June 20, Mercy Health hosted more than 20 high school students interested in healthcare careers at its Bond Hill Home Office. The students are part of the Health Collaborative’s TAP MD program. Now in its seventh year, the TAP MD program helps exceptionally talented high school students “tap” into their potential to fulfill careers in medicine.

Mercy Health Physicians, Certified Nurse Practitioners, and Certified Athletic Trainers discussed a number of different medical specialties and topics with the TAP MD class, including differential diagnosis (how to distinguish one disease from another), sports medicine, primary care and subspecialties, dermatology, and the role of the advanced practice provider. The attached photos show the students arriving at the Bond Hill office and rotating through the different talks.

The TAP MD program is part of The Health Collaborative’s Healthcare Workforce Innovation program, which aims to increase the number of future Tristate urban and rural healthcare providers by attracting physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants to our medical community.

Over 140 students have graduated from the annual program, each attending monthly observation events with physicians in Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, and Southeast Indiana. To enter this career exploring program, students must be strong academically (29 ACT and/or 1300 SAT) and have a demonstrated interest in exploring a career in the medical field. The program’s ultimate goal is for over 50% of our students to pursue a career in medicine at the completion of the program.

Students in this year’s TAP MD class represent students from Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky, and from public, Catholic, private, and STEM schools. Below is a photo gallery of the students’ visit to Mercy Health. 

To learn more about TAP MD and Healthcare Workforce Innovation, please contact Heleena McKinney, Manager, Healthcare Workforce Innovation, at hmckinney@healthcollab.org or 513.618.2866. Visit http://cincinnatimdjobs.com/tap-md/ for information on the current TAP MD class.

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