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AHEC hosts first statewide recruitment event

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The ATSU-KCOM Area Health Education Center (AHEC) in Kirksville hosted its first statewide student recruitment event, held August 2-3, and plans to host the event annually. The two-day event, a collaboration between ATSU and Truman State University, involved faculty and students from multiple health professions.

The event began with an interdisciplinary panel of Truman and ATSU health profession students. The event continued with breakout sessions at Truman’s nursing department, where students participated in patient assessment, communication, newborn assessment, and patient safety simulations. Epidemiology sessions were presented by health science faculty.

The students lunched at Truman and then made their way to ATSU for a museum tour and breakout sessions, which included simulated patient interviews, osteopathic manipulation demonstrations, intubation and suturing, assessment development and skills testing. The students also toured the anatomy lab.

The Missouri AHEC is a collaborative network composed of three Missouri medical schools and seven regional AHEC offices. The AHEC mission is to increase awareness and preparation of K-16 students for health careers; connect health professions trainees with clinical training opportunities across Missouri; and work with communities to support “grow your own” provider recruitment strategies and improve provider and community access to educational resources.

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