CTE Virtual Healthcare Interactive

CTE logoMore than 300 Utah high school students will partake in a virtual healthcare live broadcast this Thursday.

The Utah State Office of Education and Intermountain Healthcare will provide 343 Career and Technical Education students an opportunity to watch a prerecorded, artificial-knee surgery and to discuss it with surgeons and physicians.

See the news release below for more details on the two-hour event.

Hundreds of Utah Students to Participate in Virtual Healthcare Interactive

SALT LAKE CITY—On Thursday, March 7, 2013 Utah Career and Technical Education (CTE) high school students across the state of Utah will participate in a Virtual Healthcare Interactive (VHI) live broadcast, in partnership with the Utah State Office of Education (USOE) and Intermountain Healthcare.

The two-hour event begins with students watching a pre-recorded Artificial Knee surgery followed by a live chat with surgeons/physicians using real-time technology. In conjunction with the live broadcast, students will receive exposure to a variety of healthcare careers related to the surgery as well as pre- and post-event curricula and activities designed to provide them with the background information they need in order to understand the surgery/procedure.

There will be nine broadcast sites across the state, including those within technology centers. Three-hundred and forty-three high school students from nine school districts and 30 high schools, and physicians from Intermountain Healthcare, will participate in this event.

The participating school districts are: Alpine, Canyons, Carbon, Granite, Jordan, Nebo, Ogden, Tooele, and Weber. The participating high schools/technology centers are: Bonneville, Brighton, Carbon, Fremont, Granite Technical Institute, Jordan Applied Technology Center, Jordan, Lighthouse, Lone Peak, Nebo Technology Center, Ogden, Roy, and Tooele Community Learning Center.

With increased confidentiality concerns, Work-Based Learning experiences have decreased in the healthcare area over the last few years. Engaging students through technology allows hospitals to bring more students into their environment with limited liability exposure and minimal interruption to the hospital.

USOE Health Science Education Specialist Tara Bell says, “Because of HIPAA and other hospital regulations, it is very hard for students to do job shadows and internships in a hospital setting. With Virtual Healthcare Interactive, students not only learn about the different careers involved in patient care, they get to virtually step into an operating room. VHI allows for opportunities that students would not normally have through the pre-event activities, the pre-event site visit, and the live event.”

“Watching a virtual surgery furthered my knowledge about being a surgeon and it had a big impact on my career decision.” – Alex Brown

Health care is one of the largest and fastest-growing industries in the U.S., employing over 18 million workers in more than 200 careers. According to the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, the U.S. will need 5.6 million more health care workers by the year 2020.

Who: 343 high school students from 9 school districts and 30 high schools and physicians from Intermountain Healthcare.
What: Broadcast of a pre-recorded Artificial Knee surgery with a live chat between students and physicians.
Where: 9 broadcast sites throughout the state will link to the Utah State Office of Education via EdNet.
When: Thursday, March 7, 2013
More information: http://www.schools.utah.gov/cte/hs_vhi.html



Media are welcome to attend the event at any of the four locations listed below. Please contact the site coordinator at the site you wish to visit:

Lone Peak High School
10189 North 4800 West
Highland, UT 84003
CONTACT: Lori Christensen—Health Science Teacher

Fremont High School
1900 North 4700 West
Plain City, UT 84404
CONTACT: Sharen Kamp—HS Coordinator

Granite Technical Institute (GTI)
2500 South State Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84115
Phone 385-646-4350

Jordan Applied Technology Center (JATC)
9301 South Wights Fort Road
West Jordan, UT 84088
Phone 801-256-5905
CONTACT: Sue Hall, CTE Specialist

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