Building Health Teams Summer Program
Summer is a great time to shift the focus from your studies to other knowledge and skills that will help you be successful in your future!
The Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice Office (IPECP) at LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans is offering a 4-week summer program called Building Health Teams. This program is open to high school upperclassmen and any college students interested in learning more about or pursuing a health career.
Healthcare is typically provided through a siloed approach. However, a team approach or an interprofessional collaborative approach to patient care and community health improves health. This summer program will allow students to learn about collaborative practice and identify and learn about the role, training, and expertise of various health professions through a combination of lecture, self-learning, and small group discussion.
Students will work in small teams to get a better idea of what health career they would like to pursue and/or what roles other health professionals will play on their future health teams. They will present their learning in a culminating presentation. Speakers from the LSU Health Sciences faculty will join the sessions to give insight into careers ranging from nursing to dental hygiene to physical therapy to laboratory sciences to medicine to public health, and anywhere in between!
The program is held virtually, so participants can join from anywhere!
Participants will also earn a badge upon completion. This badge may be included on resumes or applications to denote achievement of learning about health care and interprofessional teaming. Also, participation in this program can provide you with great talking points for applications, essays, personal statements, cover letters, and more!
Summer 2022 Cohort
There were 29 participants (9 high school and 20 college students) from 3 high schools and 6 colleges that participated in the 2022 Building Health Teams summer program! Students created social media posts showcasing what they leared about health professions' degree requirements and roles through research and interviews. Speakers from 7 different programs, including Dentistry,
Public Health, Medical Laboratory Sciences, Physical Therapy, Dental Laboratory Technology, Audiology, and Biomedical Research, joined the sessions to share their knowledge and experiences with the students. There were also 9 small group facilitators from the School of Medicine that helped guide the student groups in their breakout rooms.
92% of attendees agreed or strongly agreed that the program met their expectations!