Which Health Profession Fits YOU Best? Find Out During Health Professions Week!
Created August 14, 2017 by Student Doctor Network
“I think what I learned the most through Health Professions Week  is how valuable all types of health professions are. We’re all working together in one way or another to heal and enrich the lives of our patients. No matter which health profession you go into and fits you best, you’re going to be touching the lives of those around you.”
–Kelby, 2016 participant
Health Professions Week (HPW) is an inspiring week-long event for high school and college students interested in learning more about careers in the health professions. During the inaugural event in 2016, over 4,000 individuals registered and participated.
These students got a great start to finding the health profession that will fit them best – and now you can too. Join us this November 6-10, 2017 for all of the exciting events – and they’re all FREE to students!
Here’s a sneak peek at Health Professions Week 2017:
Monday, November 6: Keynote Address
Start the week of terrific events and activities as Health Professions Week 2017 kicks off with an exciting keynote address from one of today’s most influential health professions leaders – Kameron Matthews, MD, JD, FAAFP, Deputy Executive Director, Provider Relations & Services, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Tuesday, November 7: Online Treasure Hunt
Discover what various health care professionals do by visiting sponsoring organization websites during the “Go for the Gold!” treasure hunt. Find the virtual #HPWGold coin on each site and share it on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook with #HPWGold to be entered in a drawing to win great prizes.
Here are some of the things shared on social media during the 2016 HPW Treasure Hunt:
• People who work w/ prosthetics evaluate, fabricate, and custom fit prosthetics differently for every unique patient. #HPWGold #OP4Me
• Public health professionals research diseases like smallpox, help control them, and educate people about treatment. #HPWGold #publichealth
• #HPWGold To become an OT is cool. You can hear the patient’s stories and help them solve problems.
• #HPWGold Veterinarians work with animals and work to control diseases.
• Podiatric physicians specialize in prevention, diagnosis, & treatment of lower extremities. #HPWGold #DiscoverPodiatricMedicine @GWaveHOSA
• I found out that it can take up to 16 years of school/training to become a doctor in a certain specialty area #HPWGold
• 12,970 out of 186,000 professionals represented from ASHA are certified audiologists. #HPWGold @healthprofweek
• Pharmacists develop innovative solutions for drug/food/alcohol interactions @GWaveHOSA HPWGold
Wednesday, November 8: Health Professions Virtual Fair
9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Join us for the free virtual fair – it’s open to high school and undergraduate students, as well guidance counselors, teachers, advisors, and even parents. The virtual booths will feature clinicians and educators from the participating health professions who will chat live with participants. Come prepared with questions to ask what life is like, how they manage patients, and why they chose that profession. Each profession will have a chat room, with materials available. Individuals, classes, and clubs are welcome to join. You can log on via any desktop, tablet or smart phone with an internet connection.
Thursday, November 9: Community Connect Day
Event times/locations will vary
Attend an in-person event at a local school to learn more about the education process and career possibilities. Share your experience by posting pictures of what you’ve learned on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, and tag #HPW2017 to be entered into a drawing to win great prizes! The Community Connect Day event schedule will be announced in October.
Friday, November 10: A Day in the Life
In these TED®-like videos, presenters representing many different health professions will spend about five minutes sharing their experiences. Watch one…or three…or 20, but be sure to explore the many types of health professionals that make a difference in our communities.
The videos will premiere on the HPW YouTube channel on Friday, November 10 and will be exclusively available for HPW attendees until December 10. Teachers and schools are invited to use them on career and STEM days. Explore the endless, fulfilling, and exciting careers in the health professions.
Register to receive an exclusive link to these videos on November 10.
“I learned quite a lot about each career and most importantly, it allowed me to pick out what I would value in a health career. I was able to nail down what professions I’m drawn to. This experience definitely broadened my perspective.”
–Daniel, 2016 participant
Health Professions Week is a collaborative effort sponsored by the following organizations (in alphabetical order) that promote health profession education:
American Academy of Physician Assistants
American Association of Colleges of Nursing
American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine
American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine
American Dental Education Association
American Occupational Therapy Association
American Physical Therapy Association
American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges
Association of American Medical Colleges
Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges
Association of Anesthesiologist Assistant Program Directors
Association of Chiropractic Colleges
Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry
Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health
Association of University Programs in Health Administration
Council on Social Work Education
National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education
Physician Assistant Education Association
Tag us at #HPW2017
Thanks to the 2017 Health Professions Week sponsors: