Health sciences

Midwestern University is ready to kick off 2014 by inspiring high school students to consider careers in the health sciences through its annual Arizona Regional Brain Bee, Health Sciences Career Day, and Health Careers Institute for High School Students programs.

High school students interested in pursuing healthcare careers can look forward to a full slate of special programs offered by Midwestern University in 2014 in partnership with the BHHS Legacy Foundation. Beginning Feb. 12 with the Arizona Regional Brain Bee, Midwestern University will then host its annual Health Sciences Career Day Feb. 27. The capstone event, the eight-day Health Careers Institute for High School Students, takes place July 10 to 19.

High school students interested in pursuing healthcare careers can look forward to a full slate of special programs offered by Midwestern University in 2014 in partnership with the BHHS Legacy Foundation.

Beginning on February 12th with the Arizona Regional Brain Bee, Midwestern University will then host its annual Health Sciences Career Day Feb. 27. The capstone event, the eight-day Health Careers Institute for High School Students, takes place July 10 to 19.

A live competition similar to a spelling bee, the Arizona Regional Brain Bee offers students the chance to compete for scholarships and other prizes by answering questions about the brain and central nervous system. Participation is free, and the winner will receive a $2,000 first prize scholarship to any Midwestern program as well as free airfare and expense money for the National Brain Bee in Washington, D.C.

The Health Sciences Career Day is designed for high school classes to visit University labs, tour the campus, and attend interactive presentations by healthcare professionals. Classes will have the opportunity to choose hands-on workshops highlighting careers in osteopathic medicine, optometry, dental medicine, pharmacy, physician assistant studies, occupational therapy, biomedical sciences, perfusion, podiatric medicine, clinical psychology, physical therapy, nurse anesthesia, and veterinary medicine.

For students who want to learn about health careers more in depth, MWU will offer its eight-day Health Careers Institute for High School Students in July. Each day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Midwestern faculty and advanced students will teach workshops in anatomy, physiology, and introductory skills for various health professions, with a special focus on how to prepare for college and what to expect from each profession. Guest lectures for this exciting summer program will include current medical topics such as Emergency Medicine, Sports Medicine, Drug Abuse, Healthcare Volunteer Opportunities, and more. In addition, participants will attend a medical field trip to Arrowhead Hospital and an interactive Emergency Medical Services mock rescue scenario presented by the Glendale Fire Department.

Registration dates and information:

Arizona Regional Brain Bee, 5 to 9:30 p.m. Feb. 12. Registration deadline: Jan. 31. Contact: 623-572-3353, azevents@midwestern.edu

More information: www.midwestern.edu/azbrainbee

Health Sciences Career Day, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 27. Registration deadline: Feb. 3. Contact: 623-572-3353, azevents@midwestern.edu

More information: www.midwestern.edu/azscienceday

Health Careers Institute for High School Students, July 10 to 19. Registration deadline: May 1 (Must be 17 years old by July 10 to qualify). Contact: Janet Reiman, 623-572-3298, jreiman@midwestern.edu

More information: www.midwestern.edu/azhealthcareersinstitute