Students explore medical careers with new program

| February 24, 2012 | 0 Comments
Lt. Col. Lozay Foots (standing), director, Medicine Nursing Services, TAMC, addresses high school students from Moanalua High School, Jan. 19, in the school’s library, as part of Hawaii’s first Medical Explorers Post. The program is designed to bring real-world medical and health career  experiences to students in grades 9-12.

Lt. Col. Lozay Foots (standing), director, Medicine Nursing Services, TAMC, addresses high school students from Moanalua High School, Jan. 19, in the school’s library, as part of Hawaii’s first Medical Explorers Post. The program is designed to bring real-world medical and health career experiences to students in grades 9-12.

Story and Photo by
Stephanie Bryant
Tripler Army Medical Center Public Affairs

HONOLULU — The first Medical Explorer Post on Oahu held its initial organizational meeting, here, Jan. 28.

Tripler Army Medical Center has partnered with the Boy Scouts of America using a Learning for Life Health Career Exploring program to bring real-world medical and health career experiences to students in grades 9-12.

Lt. Col. Lozay Foots, director, Medicine Nursing Services, TAMC, is the principal advisor for Boy Scouts Post 1948. He said two high schools near TAMC, Radford and Moanalua, were chosen to test out the program.

Foots and two representatives from BSA, Ryan Blangiardi and Keao Miller, spoke with students from both schools about the program.

“The post mission is about helping them explore their career paths and choices,” Foots said. “We want to put them in and provide them (medical and health) activities, so they can see that they can aspire to be whatever they want to be.”

Participating students elected a student committee of leaders that will help the Adult Leader Explorers manage the post.

More than 40 students attended the meeting and Foots, who was a Boy Scout during his youth, said about a dozen members of TAMC’s staff have volunteered to become Adult Leader Explorers.

One of those volunteers is Lt. Col. Todd Briere, chief, Patient Administration Division, TAMC.

“(The post is an) excellent opportunity for these students to participate in,” said Briere, who also was a Boy Scout. “Explorer Scouts make decisions on what they want to explore, and we (volunteers) just guide them (along the way).”

Foots said the Explorer leaders hope to “encapsulate the hospital environment” for the students. The post plans to have the students explore Tripler and other military clinics on island to observe a variety of health care providers in their work environments.

The idea for the post came from Brig. Gen. Keith Gallagher, commander, Pacific Regional Medical Command and TAMC, who had started an Explorers’ post when he was stationed at Fort Campbell, Ky.

“The sky is the limit,” Foots said. “The (commanding general’s) vision is that (in future years) it will be open to all the high schools on island and that we will eventually be able to partner with all the different medical communities on the island.”

Medical Explorer Post

The Medical Explorer Post meets the second and fourth Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. in the Kyser Auditorium, TAMC. The application fee is $10. Call 433-5122.

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