ASU camp helps high schoolers get hip to health


July 9, 2015

Ben Ehmann had the option of enjoying his last high school summer preparing for the upcoming baseball season or getting a jump on his medical career.

He chose the latter. Gawon Shin Chan at the Summer Health Institute @ ASU. Gawon Shin Chan, 17, holds an ultrasound wand on Ben Ehmann's chest, as they look at his aorta on monitors around the room at the Summer Health Institute @ ASU, a camp for Arizona high schoolers interested in the medical field. Shin Chan would like to become a surgeon, while Ehmann, 17, would like to become a neurosurgeon. Photo by: Charlie Leight/ASU News Download Full Image

“My coaches said they understood and actually encouraged me,” said the 17-year-old, who will be a senior next month at Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix. “Ultimately, it’s not about sports but my career after sports.”

The future neurosurgeon joined 23 other Arizona high schoolers headed into their senior year at the second annual Summer Health Institute @ ASU on the Downtown Phoenix campus, which is co-sponsored by Arizona State University’s College of Health Solutions and CareCentrix, a leader in managing care transitions to the home.

“The Summer Health Institute is a unique opportunity to capture the imaginations of young people on the verge of making decisions about college, career paths and more. This hands-on experience opens participants’ eyes to the possibilities available at Arizona State University, particularly the College of Health Solutions, in the arena of health and health care,” said Keith Lindor, executive vice provost and dean of the college.

Throughout the past week, students have been immersed in hands-on experiences coupled with a project titled “Discovering Disease” where an emphasis is placed on critical thinking, communication and presentation skills, scholarly research, and teamwork. During the camp, high schoolers interacted with professional health-care providers including physicians, physical and occupational therapists, dental hygienists and nurses.

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“It doesn’t feel like work or that I’m passing the time because I’m experiencing what it’s like to be in the medical field and with other students who are interested in the same field as me,” said 17-year-old Gawon Shin Chan, who attends Basha High School in Chandler and hopes one day to work as an emergency-room surgeon.

“Every day is different, and you really don’t know what to expect.”

Chandler Hamilton High student Elliot Smith sort of knows what to expect. The 16-year-old works as a volunteer in the emergency room at Chandler Regional Medical Center and hopes to become a surgeon. She has seen people brought in on stretchers who have suffered heart attacks, broken bones and other trauma. She said she enjoys helping people and offering comfort to patients and their families.

“Often I bring back family members to show them that their relatives or loved ones are OK,” she said. “Being in the Summer Institute solidifies what I want to do, and that’s to be in the medical profession.”

Kim Day, a registered nurse at Banner Health who also teaches Complex Care and Adult Health at ASU, said she likes instructing high schoolers.

"They’re very much like our freshman students here at ASU in they’re excited to learn,” she said. “This experience gives them an opportunity to learn about several different health careers, how to suture a patient, how to enter an operating room and know their role there.”

Nate Wade, senior director for Academic Services in the College of Health Solutions, said the camp helps build the confidence of participants to not only enter the health care workforce but to also apply to college, scholarships, and honors programs.

"We hope that this camp helps participants find their true passion within the health care sector while realizing that ASU offers a multitude of health care experiences due to being in the biomedical corridor of Phoenix and the state of Arizona," Wade said.

The Summer Health Institute@ASU ends on July 11.

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ASU, Arizona Christian University partnership a boon for biology students


July 9, 2015

Arizona State University and Arizona Christian University (ACU) have announced a new partnership to expand ACU’s academic offerings by allowing students to take courses at the private, accredited Christian university, then transfer and apply into ASU’s biology program.

Under the new partnership, ACU students will take their first two years of classes at ACU, earning an associate’s degree at the Phoenix campus and completing lower-level general-studies requirements for ASU. ASU provost Mark Searle Arizona Christian University Provost Paul Kremer Mark Searle (left), interim Arizona State University provost, meets with Arizona Christian University Provost Paul Kremer at ASU's Tempe campus on July 1. The two schools have announced an academic partnership allowing students to complete their first two years at the Christian school and then transfer seamlessly to ASU's specialized biology programs. Photo by: Charlie Leight/ASU News Download Full Image

Students can then either stay at ACU to finish their bachelor’s degree in biology or transfer to ASU if they desire coursework in more specialized areas of biology such as forensics, ecology, genetics or environmental science.

The students will seamlessly transfer to ASU and be recognized as third-year students, without the loss of time or credit. The transfer requirement aligns with the requirements for the ASU School of Life Sciences biology degree.

The new partnership reflects both ASU’s commitment to expanding opportunities for students to participate in interdisciplinary scholarship and research, and ACU’s commitment to offering a Christian education to more students while encouraging them to pursue their academic options.

Mark Searle, interim provost at ASU, believes the program creates another opportunity for Arizona students to succeed.

“Together, ACU and ASU can ensure that students have a pathway laid out that enables their success towards personal, educational and career goals,” Searle said.

Paul Kremer, provost at ACU, is enthusiastic about the new partnership and what it offers for students.

“Our faculty and staff have worked hard on this new expansion of ACU’s biology program,” he said. “Students who want a private Christ-centered education can still have this experience while also having the option to pursue a specialized concentration in biology.”

The program is open to all ACU students and will start enrolling students in the fall of 2015. ACU students interested in the program should contact an ACU admissions counselor to discuss enrolling.

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