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EKU Athletic Training Students Speak

EKU Athletic Training Students Speak To Future Healthcare Profession

On Feb 22, 2018, Tanner Eldridge and Kaitlin Oshiro sat on a Medical Panel at Bryan Station High School to educate the students about Allied Health Professions, specifically Athletic Training. Bryan Station High School is the pioneer high school of the Academy format. Briefly, it works like this: freshman year high school students are exposed to as many career choices as possible. Sophomore year they choose one of four "Academies"; Medical, Information Technology, Leadership and Arts, to focus their studies. The students who choose the  Medical Academy are given the opportunities to observe professionals in a variety of medical fields such as athletic training, physical therapy, occupational therapy, pathology, general medicine, nursing and medical technology, to name a few. These students are taught not only the basics of high school, but also how to be healthcare professionals. They work on qualities and characteristics, such as, communication skills, respect, punctuality and academic excellence. The goal of the Medical Healthcare Professional panel was to help the students gain a better appreciation of what it takes to succeed in an allied healthcare profession.  I was so proud to hear our AT students provide constructive and helpful advice to these aspiring high school students.

Tanner and Kaitlin, along with Alyson Crawford, an Occupational Science student at EKU, and three first year medical students from the University of Kentucky sat on the panel.  As students asked questions about the field of athletic training and what it takes to get there, Tanner and Kaitlin eloquently explained the new master’s program and the phasing out of the bachelors program. They also provided valuable information to the students in the medical academy about college life, preparation for classes, relationships with professors and not being afraid to work hard to achieve their dreams.  Following the panel, Tanner and Kaitlin continued to field questions and talk with students who desired to be athletic trainers.

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Tracy Spigelman

Published on February 28, 2018

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