Eight Summit juniors were accepted into a program for high school students interested in pursuing careers in the healthcare industry. All are currently enrolled in AP or Honors science classes, according to Mrs. Karen Cruse Suder, biology teacher and Upper School Science Department coordinator.
Now in its 10th year, the program, TAP HEALTH, is managed by The Health Collaborative (THC) to connect youth with partners in the medical field. Summit students will participate in one of three programs offered by TAP HEALTH, all of which give them a well-rounded experience to include in their college applications and resumes.
Irene Calderon, Aubrey Jones, Mimi McNabb, Lulu Murphy and Morgan Riley were accepted into the TAP MD track. TAP MD helps talented high school students “tap” into their potential to fulfill a career as a physician. Students will attend monthly learning experiences that show the realities of physician life, including what steps to do now to prepare, various specialties, practice settings and information about medical school.
Lauren Foley and Reagan Sutton will learn about a broad cross-section of healthcare careers in the TAP HC program. They will gain exposure to careers such as nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, public health, healthcare administration and health IT.
Aidan Jambor joined a pilot program that will allow him a structured opportunity to explore his interests.
“No medical community can survive without a strong workforce,” said program manager, Heleena McKinney of THC. “Data shows that students who go into healthcare careers often stay in - or eventually return to - their hometowns. Therefore, even during a time of worldwide crisis, we should not underestimate the importance of career pipeline programs for Greater Cincinnati’s future.”
According to Mrs. Suder, Summit students have participated in TAP HEALTH since the program began. Current seniors, Ellie Adam, Zach Davis, Andrew Wagner and Sam Vessel, completed the programs in December 2020.