A career in health care is within reach. That is the message the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine hopes to impart to high school and college students who may—or, more significantly, may not—be considering a career in health care. Each year, the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and its principal partner in medical school education, Jefferson College of Health Sciences, team up to host Within Reach, a program of health career information and inspiration. Representatives from both schools give short presentations on a range of health career fields, the education required to achieve those careers, and the steps students can take in high school and college to facilitate entrance into the relevant academic programs.
Local high school and college students are encouraged to attend with their families, as well as high school guidance counselors, teachers, and administrators.
“Many students who are already interested in medicine as a career attend each year,” says Dr. David Trinkle, associate dean for community and culture at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. “Within Reach is a great opportunity for them to make sure they’re taking the right steps to get to their goal. But we especially want to encourage the attendance of those who haven’t thought about health care before or who may think it’s out of their reach. Our goal is to show students that a career in medicine is a real choice. They can learn the steps, create a plan, and even gain some mentors in the process.”