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Misericordia faculty, students mentor high school students for National Health Professions Week
Posted 11/19/2019 02:49PM

Misericordia University health and medical sciences students volunteered as mentors for high school students who explored professional careers at a free interactive program for National Health Professions Week.

The regional leader in the health and medical sciences fields, Misericordia University hosted its fourth annual program for National Health Professions Week by presenting a simulation program for 52 students, representing Berwick, Crestwood, Dallas and Dunmore school districts in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Sponsored by the Misericordia University Interprofessional Education Committee, the Health Professions Day program enables students to gain a better understanding of the many specialty careers available in the national health care system by participating in a case study. Academic programs participating in the simulation program included diagnostic medical sonography, exercise science, medical and health humanities, medical imaging, nursing, occupational therapy, patient navigation, physical therapy, physician assistant, psychology, social work, and speech-language pathology.

The simulation program illustrated the importance of health care professionals working together as a cohesive unit during a trauma in order to deliver the best patient outcomes possible. The hands-on case study involved a motor vehicle accident in which a teenage driver suffers a spinal cord injury. Set up in stations, faculty members and students represented their academic programs and explained the roles their respective professions play in treating, rehabilitating and returning the accident victim to an active lifestyle.

To learn more about Misericordia University’s fifth annual Health Professions Day in recognition of 2020’s National Health Professions Week, please contact Rachel Oberg, assistant director of admissions, at 570-674-8023 or

Misericordia University health and medical sciences students who volunteered as mentors for the fourth annual Health Professions Day program, first row from left, are Anna Carellas, White Haven, Pa.; Julia Randazzo, Dallas, Pa.; Selena Maybury, Shickshinny; Madison Slacktish, Dallas, Pa.; Brianna Hischak, Mountain Top, Pa.; Emilee Bixler, Dauphin, Pa., and Riley Miller, Bloomsburg, Pa.; second row, Meg Gibbons, Clarks Summit, Pa.; Makenzie Belisle, Minneapolis, Minn.; Meaghan Whelan, Hopewell Junction, N.Y.; Cali Craig, Peckville, Pa.; Michael Trygar, Lake Ariel, Pa.; Phillip Henry, Mohnton, Pa.; Jillian Scanlon, Pittston, Pa.; Quinn Kelley, Peckville, Pa.; Kristen Viggiano, Mount Laurel, N.J., and Amanda Miller, Ronkonkoma, N.Y.

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