Press release from Dearborn County Hospital
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) - Some of the most academically talented and motivated high school students in the Cincinnati area spent a day this summer in the Imaging Department of Dearborn County Hospital.
The 18 high school seniors were part of the TAP MD program developed by the Greater Cincinnati Health Council (GCHC). TAP MD’s purpose is to identify “untapped” teens who have shown an interest in the field of medicine. In addition to assisting students, the program is designed to help increase the number of future Tri-state area physicians.
TAP MD was created for students who have not yet settled on a career choice. Participants are recommended for the program by their teachers or school counselors and must be strong academically, with a score of at least 29 on the ACT or a score of 1300 on the SAT. They also must have a positive attitude and be motivated, mature and dependable.
The 18 students hosted at DCH were from Beechwood, Dixie Heights, Goshen, Kings, Madeira, Summit Country Day and Sycamore High Schools, in addition to Ursuline and Villa Madonna Academies.
Dearborn County Hospital is one of 10 Cincinnati area healthcare agencies or facilities participating in the TAP MD program. DCH’s Imaging/Radiology Department was chosen as a site based on its comprehensive range of imaging services. TAP MD students also visited several other Greater Cincinnati hospitals through the program.
While at DCH, students toured the following Imaging/Radiology areas: Cardiovascular Lab, CT (computerized axial tomography) and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), Nuclear Medicine including PET (positron emission tomography), Radiography (X-ray) and Ultrasound.
Participants met with William Drew, M.D., and Kyung Noh, M.D., Board Certified Radiologists, in the Imaging Reading Room; and shadowed members of the Imaging Department staff: Steve Kittle and Gina Wolfer, Cardiovascular Lab; Missy Snyder, CT; Amber Peetz, MRI; Rachel Burdette, Nuclear Medicine/PET; Andrea Drew, Ultrasound; and Emily Wyatt and Missy Cole, X-ray.
“This is the third year for the program and we are pleased that a large percentage of our previous TAP MD graduates have chosen to pursue a career in medicine,” stated Mary Duffey, Vice President of Member Services and Programs with the Greater Cincinnati Health Council. “Having partners such as Dearborn County Hospital allows the Council to expose bright and talented students to the diverse field of healthcare.”
Interested high school students can find more information on joining the 2014 TAP MD program at www.gchc.org.