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Health Career Promotion

Today, careers in healthcare go far beyond physicians and nurses. The healthcare field is rapidly growing and includes more than 250 different professions, and its the AHEC's goal to help introduce the many different career choices to rural Kansas students through our various programs.

Whatever your interest, there is a place for you in health care. For example, students interested in information technology will find plenty of jobs as health care moves into the digital age. At the KU Medical Center Area Health Education Center, we work to showcase the wide variety of healthcare career opportunities available. We want Kansas' students to be successful in an enjoyable career and we hope they choose one in health care. That's why the KU Medical Center AHEC hosts several different events for Kansas students interested in health care as well as their instructors. Choose your current grade level at the right to see what opportunities are currently available in your area.

Program Title
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Brief Program Overview

Target Audience

How to Sign Up

Night @ The Lab

This program is the newest addition to the career promotion lineup. This event consists of six regional competitions in which teams of three students research health-related topics and present them to the community and a panel of judges. Each regional winner advances to a statewide competition and the opportunity to present to medical experts.

High school juniors and seniors

Teacher registers team(s) of 2-3 students


This day-long workshop offers hands-on activities for high school students in grades 10-12 interested in healthcare careers. Students interact with healthcare professionals in small-group learning sessions, where they build real-world skills required for careers in health care, such as how to perform intubation or properly practice CPR, and more.

High school students interested in a career in healthcare

Teacher registers students

Journeys & Destinations

This day-long event is not your typical career fair. Geared toward high school students, this allows students to spend time with healthcare professionals from a wide range of disciplines in a small-group setting. Students will hear from a variety of healthcare professionals about the career path, salary potential, and daily activities among the different healthcare careers.

High school students wanting to learn about health care careers

Teacher registers students

Women in Health Care: The Next Generation

This three-day event was created to encourage women to become leaders in healthcare. This exciting program takes 8-12 Kansas high school junior and senior female students who have shown a strong interest and commitment to health care careers. These women interact with health professions students and faculty at KU Medical Center to explore the world of medicine and healthcare.

Female high school juniors and seniors

Student submits application and other documentation

Mini Medical School

This kit was created as a way to seamlessly integrate healthcare experiences into the curriculum already being used in the classroom. Through the use of seven different modules with accompanying activities, students will learn about a variety of healthcare-related topics such as the spread of viral diseases, the effects of diet and nutrition, and bone structure.

Teachers who teach health-related subjects

Teachers contact the AHEC to request a kit

Teacher Summer Externship

There is always more to learn, even for teachers. This program provides a way for healthcare cluster teachers to complete continuing education hours by shadowing different healthcare professionals at the KU Medical Center.

Health Career Pathways teachers

Teachers register themselves

KUMC Tours

This service is available for groups of students to get a first-hand look at a modern academic health center. On the tour, students may visit the Hoglund Brain Imaging Center, the pathology lab, the orthopedics research lab, and several other departments.

High school students

Teachers submit requests through AHEC

2018 Health Career Promotion Schedule

The AHEC's health care career promotion schedule for high school students is filling up quickly. This semester, the AHEC will be continuing several successful events. A complete list of programs on tap will be available soon.

  • May 1, 2019 - CampMed - Pittsburg State University (Pittsburg, Kan.)
  • June 11-13, 2019 - Teacher Summer Externship (Kansas City, Kan.)
  • October 10, 2019 - Journeys and Destinations - Greenbush Educational Services (Greenbush, Kan.)
  • October 16, 2019 - Kansas HOSA Fall Conference (Topeka, Kan.)
  • October 24, 2019 - Journeys and Destinations (Garden City, Kan.)
  • March 31-May 1, 2020 - Kansas HOSA Spring Conference - Pittsburg State University (Pittsburg, Kan.)
  • TBA - Journeys and Destinations - Greenbush Educational Services (Eudora, Kan.)
  • TBA - Journeys and Destinations - Butler Community College (El Dorado, Kan.)
  • TBA - CampMed - Labette Community College (Parsons, Kan.)

Each year, the AHEC travels throughout the state to host career promotion events in rural Kansas. The goal of these programs is to introduce rural Kansas students to a multitude of opportunities in health care. Too often, students think of health care as what they see on television, however, with our programs we aim to shed light on some of the lesser known, yet equally as important, career paths such as respiratory therapy, pharmacy, flight nursing, and more.*Students should check with their healthcare cluster, science teachers, or counselors for details on how they may participate in these events.

Last modified: Jan 13, 2021
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