About two dozen local high school students visited the Brenau University Downtown Center Jan. 20 to participate in the first full day of the new Medical Scholars Program.
The students got an up-close look at Brenau’s physical therapy clinic and participated in a series of psychological tests, including an exercise simulating alcohol-spurred mental impairment. Throughout the spring semester, they will visit Brenau once a month to immerse themselves in different health care modules, including sessions exploring Brenau’s nursing, occupational therapy and pre-PA programs.
The initiative is coordinated in conjunction with the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce, with support from the Foothills Area Health Education Center.
“Health care is the No. 1 career that kids seemed to be interested in these days,” said Helen Perry, Gainesville High School’s work-based-learning coordinator. “This program is a great way to give students a more in-depth look at potential careers, to help them decide what they want to do with their lives.”