Health Careers

Our Health Careers Program works to expand Maryland’s Eastern Shore healthcare workforce through programs designed for high school students. AHEC is committed to connecting students to health careers.

  • Health Care Careers Day is an annual event held at Chesapeake College each Fall. AHEC partners with Shore Health System and Chesapeake College to introduce high school students to healthcare career options. More than 250 high school students and educators from across the Mid Shore attend the annual event. Experienced health professionals meet with students to tell them about their personal health career journeys and to discuss pathways to careers in oncology research, alternative medicine, case management, rehabilitation, complementary medicine, laboratory science and pharmacy.
  • Mini Med for Teens is conducted in collaboration with the Upper Shore Workforce Investment Board over a course of 6 Saturdays in the winter. Eastern Shore teens are introduced to several health are careers and are informed of the projected need of healthcare careers in the region. Highlights include CPR certification, hands-on learning with local health professionals, a tour of an ambulance and a field trip to a local health care facility. After completing the six day program, students graduate with “diplomas” and a scrub shirt.
  • Adventures in Health Sciences is conducted in collaboration with University of Maryland Extension Program, 4H of Talbot & Caroline counties, Shore Health System and Chesapeake College. This program for early high school students in Talbot and Caroline Counties explores health careers as part of the 4H club. Participants meet monthly during the school year, in the evening at Memorial Hospital. The program includes occasional field trips to local medical facilities. Each summer, the program offers a themed exploration of the human body and the health careers associated with caring for those aspects of the body. In 2013, the theme focuses on the five senses.
  • Medical Mysteries  is a new health career exploration club held at Crisfield High School. The program is led by the school nurse and meets after school to hear speakers, usually from McCready Hospital and the local area. The AHEC is cooperating with additional speakers and resources. This effort began in January 2013.
  • Health Careers Exploration Presentations are created to serve the specific needs of students. Through engaging, group participation presentations, students learn about the diverse career opportunities available in health care and the necessary skills and training needed to enter the workforce. Please contact Damaris Bourland to schedule a Health Careers Exploration Event at your school or organization.

AHEC’s Health Career Coordinator works in partnership with the region’s:

  • Guidance Counselors and School Administrators
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Health Care Professionals
  • Health Care Institutions

We are also interested in hearing about your ideas for programs that may be needed in the community to promote the health professions. Send your comments to Damaris Bourland.