A unique National Health Science Conference recently concluded at the Downtown Denver Embassy Suites and Conference Center. The conference was organized by the National Consortium for Health Science Education, a collaborative of health science state leaders representing state education agencies, health-related organizations, and publishers and education resources providers.
Over these three and half days, the National Health Science Conference provided two pre-conference sessions, Clay and Cadaver hosted by Anatomy in Clay® Learning System and The Power of Simulation hosted by Realityworks®, three general sessions featured three keynote speakers, Bill Coon, Michele Deck and Barbara Bancroft along with seventy-two health science focused breakout sessions provided by teachers, resource provides, health professionals, and postsecondary educators and an evening event watching a major league baseball game. Colorado Rockies vs. the Philadelphia Phillies. An exhibit area included thirty-one education and technology vendors showcasing a wide of resources and instructional materials to enhance the delivery of health science education. NCHSE offered the newly revised Health Science Curriculum Enhancements at special conference pricing which is open to conference attendees through October 15. Conference participants departed Denver, Colorado with fresh, new classroom approaches to introduce and engage students in future health professions while also supporting young people in preparation for their next stage of health science education.
A special thanks HOSA–Future Health Professionals for sponsoring conference bags and Today’s Class for sponsoring conference notepads. NCHSE enjoyed having two members of the HOSA Executive Council, Sarah Fleischman, President and Kartik Tyagi, Secondary Board Representative in Denver. In addition, Bailee Gardunio, CO HOSA State Advisor and CO HOSA State Officers volunteered their time to assist with conference delivery. The conference served to advance health science education curriculum and prepare students to be college and career ready. Three hundred and thirty teachers, administrators, state health science leaders and health professionals representing forty-three states participated in and delivered workshops to showcase their programs and best practices, communicate their innovative teaching strategies and connect with other health science educators to enhance health science programming. Announcements about future conference dates and locations will be forthcoming in the near future.
The Institute of Education Excellence was held in Omaha, Nebraska, October 17 through October 20. Hosting 45 health science educators from 22 states, including Alaska attendees participated in 3 days of experiential learning experiences.
- Learning Games to Increase Student Engagement
- Behavioral Health incorporated in a health science curriculum
- Teaching Pathology in The Health Science. The teachers were in class with students from the Nebraska Health Academy. The lesson was on skin integrity and everyone learned how to suture a banana.
- Activities in a Pinch 2.0
- Recruitment and talent acquisition in the health care industry
- Enhancing the patient experience
- How we pay for healthcare services
IEE participants visited the University of Nebraska Medical Complex. we toured and talked to the staff who worked in the bio containment unit where the Ebola patients were treated during the international outbreak. The iExcel Simulation Technology Center was a mind expanding experience. Using virtual reality we were able to travel inside various body system. The visit ended in the Dale Chihuly Healing Garden in the brand new Buffett Cancer Center.
While the days were long and intense there was time in the evenings to explore Omaha’s Old Market area, walk across the bridge to Iowa and visit the Lewis and Clark museum.
Participants left renewed, filled with energy and enough teaching tips to take them through to June!
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Special thank you to our sponsors!
HOSA-Future Health Professionals
Nebraska Career Education
Nebraska Department of Education
Nebraska Corn Board
Nebraska Department of Economic Development
University of Nebraska Medical Center
University of Nebraska Medical Center – High School Alliance
Metropolitan Community College – Omaha Campus
Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska (BHECN)
Dr. Geoffery Talman, MD
Fusion Medical Staffing
Terri Donahue – Nebraska Career Education
Nebraska Health Science Teachers
October 17-20, 2017 Old Market Embassy Suites, Omaha
NCHSE is proud to sponsor the 3rd biennial Institute for Educational Excellence (IEE). This two and a half-day intensive professional development for a select group of innovative health science teachers will focus on the National Health Science Standards, bringing industry to the classroom, student engagement, pedagogy, technology, and STEM. The application process will include a recommendation from the health science state leader in your state and a school administrator. Two educators will be chosen from each state with two named alternates. Registration fee is $500 for selected participants from NCHSE member states and $650 for participants from nonmember states. Breakfast and lunch is included; dinner, travel and lodging will be responsibility of participants. Teachers will receive the 2016 health science curriculum enhancements ($300 value), will be trained to deliver curricular information to fellow teachers, and awarded the NCHSE Health Science Institute for Educational Excellence Certificate.