Meet the first class of Contra Costa County high school students exploring health care careers by participating in Diablo Valley College’s first-ever Health Careers Summer Institute (“HCSI”), a 6-week program that meets 4 days a week and earns 6 college credits.
Taught by Barbara Hewitt, long time DVC Health Sciences professor, the HCSI curriculum includes lecture, laboratory and fieldwork experiences, including a recent visit to the STAT MED Urgent Care walk-in clinic near Sunvalley Mall, located less than a mile from DVC’s Pleasant Hill campus.
In addition to touring the clinic, the HCSI students met with STAT MED’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Armando Samaniego, who spoke to the students about the practice of urgent care and the various medical personnel needed to support it. These include Doctors, Physician Assistants (PA), Nurse Practitioners (NP), Medical Assistants (MA), and Radiology Techs (Rad Tech), as well as business administration support.
“STAT MED continues to grow, and that means we are always looking for high quality candidates,” says Dr. Samaniego. “It’s really encouraging to meet such a bright group of high school students already interested in learning more about medical career choices. I’m glad DVC is offering this program to help facilitate that exploration.”
This summer, HCSI was open to juniors and seniors throughout Contra Costa County who had taken Biology.
According to Hewitt, the students in this first class represent high schools from all over the county! Learn more about HCSI by clicking here.