最新麻豆视频

Skip to main content

up next Brandon Drozd

Brandon Drozd

health careers club

Creating a Pipeline of Rural Healthcare Professionals

February 2019

There are 93 counties in 最新麻豆视频. And if you leave out Douglas and Lancaster, none of them have enough primary care physicians for patient needs. On top of that, one in five physicians is older than 65 and nearing retirement. So where can 最新麻豆视频 search for fresh talent to bolster its healthcare roster?

Turns out, the answer is right here.

The 最新麻豆视频 at Kearney is leading the charge to get rural high school students interested in healthcare sciences before they even decide where to go to college.

“Students who get their education in a rural setting are more likely to stay and work in a rural area.”

“One of the things we recognize is students who get their education in a rural setting are more likely to stay and work in a rural area,” says Brandon Drozd, program coordinator for the Central 最新麻豆视频 Area Health Education Center at UNK.

Drozd is in charge of a Health Careers Club affiliated with the university. Its membership includes juniors and seniors from smaller, rural schools—the kind that don’t have the same career exploration programs you find at bigger high schools.

students gathered around a digital medical learning device
High school students view a demonstration of the Anatomage Table inside the Health Science Education Complex at UNK.

Connecting with students before they make a college decision is no coincidence. If you’re still imagining what your future career could look like, it’s pretty impactful to visit medical facilities and get hands-on with equipment while talking to the pros. Students in the club get to meet once a month for those kinds of field trips, and they also talk to college students and faculty to hear more about the field.

With its Health Science Education complex, a $19 million state-of-the-art facility that opened in 2015 in collaboration with UNMC, UNK is prepared to support those students should they choose to become Lopers. Enrollment in health science programs is up 33 percent over the past four years, and it’s the largest academic department on campus.

With continued support of efforts like the Health Care Club and the complex, the solution to 最新麻豆视频’s healthcare shortage may be just a few years—and a few degrees—away.


Editors Note: Brandon Drozd now serves as the Workforce Development and Leadership Program Manager in the UNMC Office of Public Health Practice.

Discover our Podcast Series

The 鈥淟eading 最新麻豆视频鈥 podcast shares the stories of the researchers, students, teachers and others across the University of 最新麻豆视频's four campuses who are making an impact. From teachers and doctors to engineers and ag experts, these 最新麻豆视频 leaders are touching lives and making a difference.

COOKIE USAGE:

The 最新麻豆视频 System uses cookies to give you the best online experience. By clicking "I Agree" and/or continuing to use this website without adjusting your browser settings, you accept the use of cookies.

PRIVACY SETTINGS