Suture Lab Experience for TAP MD Students in April

By Emily Yu, Mason High School Junior
TAP MD Class of 2019

TAP MD recently went to the Mercy Health Hospital in Anderson for one of its monthly on-site experiences in healthcare. For the first time, we were able to wear our own lab coats like doctors. Just wearing our lab coats felt like we were one step closer to being a doctor, which being participants in TAP MD helps us do!

We were first introduced to people who work in sports medicine, some of whom work with high school athletes. We were also introduced to Dr. Steve Feagins who has done sports medicine with college and professional teams.

The TAP MD split into two groups: one group went with Dr. Feagins to the Emergency Room and the other stayed and learned about suturing. I stayed with the latter. Since we can’t operate on animal tissue, we sutured bananas. The sports medical professionals walked us through what suturing is and how to suture. At first, I thought this would be quite easy since it looks like sewing, which I can do.

Unfortunately, I would say it took me a little longer than everyone else to understand. We first made a wound on a banana with a forceps. Forceps are instruments that look like a pair of scissors used for grasping and holding objects. Then using the forceps we curved a suture needle so that it poked up on the other side of the wound. The needle was small and hooked and had a string attached to the end. Then using tweezers and forceps, I had to tie two knots in opposite directions. It took me a lot of time even with their help to tie my first knot. It felt like a huge accomplishment for me even though I learned that it takes physicians only seconds to do on squirming patients.

We then rotated with the other group to go to the emergency department with Dr. Feagins. We went to the helipad where he explained the cases in which the hospital uses a helicopter or when patients from other hospitals fly in. It was very informative to hear since I’ve never really heard someone talk about how hospitals use helicopters.

We then visited a trauma room. He explained the functions of certain parts of the room. Something you might not think about,  air flow, is very important. Air gets ventilated out in case there are airborne diseases, which you would not want circulating to other parts of the hospital. Dr. Feagins was very informative and answered questions about aspects of his job, and offered advice for us if we decided to pursue medicine.

Although it was shorter, I really enjoyed being able to learn hands-on how to suture. I also enjoyed being at our first experience inside a hospital. This experience definitely got me to look into sports medicine as a possible avenue and gave us a look into a possible career.

Stay tuned for more TAP Health stories from the students’ point of view!

For more information on TAP Health programs and events, visit http://taphealth.healthcollab.org or contact Heleena McKinney, Manager Healthcare Workforce Innovation: hmckinney@healthcollab.org.  

TAP Health Leadership Represented on Regional Workforce Panel

The Health Professions Network (HPN) is in Cincinnati this week for its annual conference. HPN is a nationwide collaborative group of organizations representing leading health professions associations, accrediting agencies, and educational institutions, as well as federal & state workforce analysts and licensing & certification bodies. They represent the industry’s non-physician workforce needs and generate an annual State of the Industry Report on health and healthcare jobs. This spring they chose Cincinnati to hold one of two annual meetings with a theme of Industry Impact on Healthcare and Healthcare Staffing.

Heleena McKinney, Manager, Healthcare Workforce InnovationThe Health Collaborative’s (THC) Heleena McKinney, Manager of Healthcare Workforce Innovation, will attend as well as participate in a panel on Friday, April 5 at Kingsgate Marriot (11:30am-12:30pm). This panel is designed for regional experts to share efforts with HPN.

Panel Discussion: “Collaborating to Build Our Regional Workforce”

  • Hope Arthur, Director, Health Careers Collaborative
  • Sue Kathman, Executive Director, Mercy Neighborhood Ministries
  • Heleena McKinney, Manager, Healthcare Workforce Innovation, The Health Collaborative
  • William Lecher, Assistant VP, Division of Patient Services, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

McKinney leads TAP Health, THC’s program series engineered to build the regional healthcare workforce pipeline by “tapping” into the talent of the next generation of healthcare professionals. Area high school students are exposed to a wide variety of physician specialties and other healthcare careers at monthly events and annual healthcare career fairs.

To learn more about TAP Health programs and opportunities to get involved, please visit http://taphealth.healthcollab.org or contact Heleena McKinney at hmckinney@healthcollab.org.

HealthFORCE Quick Stats: Spring 2018

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Our signature healthcare workforce pipeline event, known as HealthFORCE, is held in the spring and fall of each year to allow area high school students to explore a wide variety of health and healthcare careers. We invite schools from across the region to join our exhibitors and panelists for a half-day experience that exposes students to careers ranging from clinical to pharmacy to home care.

Check out these stats on our successful Spring event, and reach out to Heleena McKinney, Manager of Healthcare Workforce Innovation, to learn more about our workforce initiatives and TAP Health pipeline programming!

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First Tap HC Class Visits Brookwood Retirement Community

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”36264″ img_size=”large”][vc_column_text]Last week marked the inaugural kickoff of one of our newest and most exciting Healthcare Workforce Innovation initiatives known as Tap HC. Expanding upon the already-successful Tap MD program allowing area high school students who are interested in physician careers to “tap” into their potential, Tap HC takes it a step further to give students an opportunity to explore a wide variety of careers in health and healthcare.

Tap HC and Tap MD students commit to a one-year program involving monthly experiences at a variety of health and healthcare delivery sites throughout the Tristate area. Students are expected and encouraged to attend each month due to the unique nature of every experience, with the understanding that academics and pre-planned commitments should take priority. At each monthly event, they are able to talk with professionals in their field(s) of interest, ask questions, handle equipment and instruments relevant to the job, and even view certain medical procedures as appropriate.

The first-ever Tap HC class of 21 students – representing 17 schools across the region – met at Brookwood Retirement Community in Blue Ash, where they not only received orientation guidance but managed to lose to the residents in a spirited game of chair volleyball (final score 13-6). Congratulations to the 2018 Tap HC class, Heleena McKinney, Manager of the Healthcare Workforce Innovation initiative at The Health Collaborative, and her team for a fun and successful kickoff event. As Heleena shared,

“We were there [at Brookwood] to learn about a variety of professions, but we got even more than we planned for. We learned about long term care in general, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, HR, Nursing Home Administration, Nursing, Activities/Rec Therapy, and social work – all from people in those professions. The chair volleyball was the highlight but the whole day was amazing and the kids were beaming from ear to ear.”


 

HealthFORCE Takes it to the Next Level

HealthFORCE logo Looking for more information on healthcare careers for high school students? On April 12, 2018, regional high schools are invited to bring their sophomore, junior, and senior students for an opportunity to discover and explore the broad spectrum of health and healthcare careers available across the Tristate region – at the HealthFORCE career expo! Click here to view the event flyer and pick the session that works best for you and your students. For information about Healthcare Workforce Innovation pipeline efforts of The Health Collaborative, please visit http://taphealth.healthcollab.org  or contact Heleena McKinney at hmckinney@healthcollab.org.

Tap HC Program Kicks Off with 21 Area High School Students

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Last week marked the inaugural kickoff of one of our newest and most exciting Healthcare Workforce Innovation initiatives, known as Tap HC.

The group of 21 sophomores, juniors, and seniors representing 17 schools from across the region met at Brookwood Retirement Community in Blue Ash for their inaugural meeting. Scroll down to view the 2018 roster.

Expanding upon the already-successful Tap MD program allowing area high school students who are interested in physician careers to “tap” into their potential, Tap HC takes it a step further to give students an opportunity to explore a wide variety of careers in health and healthcare.

Tap HC and Tap MD students commit to a one-year program involving monthly experiences at a variety of health and healthcare delivery sites throughout the Tristate area. Students are expected and encouraged to attend each month due to the unique nature of every experience, with the understanding that academics and pre-planned commitments should take priority. At each monthly event, they are able to talk with professionals in their field(s) of interest, ask questions, handle equipment and instruments relevant to the job, and even view certain medical procedures as appropriate.

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Tap MD Program Sees Largest Class Ever in 2018

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With 51 students representing 30 high schools across the region, the 2018 class of Tap MD – The Health Collaborative’s physician pipeline program for area high school students – is the largest ever for the program, now in its seventh year. 

Scroll down to view the roster for 2018. The Tap MD program began in 2011 under the umbrella of the Greater Cincinnati Health Council which has now merged with The Health Collaborative. The mission of Tap MD is to seek and find “untapped” talented high school students to increase the number of future Tristate urban and rural physicians. Any high school junior or senior at least 16 years of age can be “tapped” by a school teacher or counselor.

Participating students must be strong academically, motivated, mature, and dependable. Moreover, students should have a positive attitude! Tap MD students are particularly targeted because they have not yet decided upon a career choice; however, we want students who have true potential and motivation to one day enter medical school. Standardized test scores, grades, and extracurricular involvement are among the factors considered by the selection committee when identifying students for the program.

Students commit to the program for one year, attending monthly experiences at a variety of health and healthcare delivery sites throughout the Tristate area. They are expected and encouraged to attend each month due to the unique nature of every experience, with the understanding that academics and pre-planned commitments should take priority. At each monthly event, they are able to talk with professionals in their field(s) of interest, ask questions, handle equipment and instruments relevant to the job, and even view certain medical procedures as appropriate.

Congratulations to Heleena McKinney, Manager of Healthcare Workforce Innovation, for the program’s huge success! For more information, she can be reached at hmckinney@healthcollab.org or visit http://taphealth.healthcollab.org.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”36284″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row]