VALDOSTA -- Two Lowndes High School students participated in health career-related programs during the summer months. Both are students in the high school's Health Care Science Technology program.

Senior Donnie Bailey participated in the Second Annual Health Careers Academy at the Medical College of Georgia. He was one of 79 high school students from across the state taking part in the week-long conference in Augusta.

Bailey's experience included hands-on activities and observations related to the students' interests in health care careers. Each day began with an information session on topics such as health care professionalism, trends, and leadership. The students spent most of their day touring the college hospital, shadowing healthcare professionals and learning more about the college.

Junior Sheldon Hurst participated in the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine in Atlanta. He was one of 350 high school juniors and seniors from across the United States attending the week-long forum.

"The National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine offers students like Sheldon Hurst a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to become a medical professional," said Donna Snyder, executive director of the forum. "The curriculum for the forum on medicine complements the classroom experience and allows its participants to gain and understanding of how to get to where they want to be within the universe of medicine."

Throughout the program, Hurst and the other students experienced problem-based learning in a series of intense and stimulating simulations similar to exercises faced by students in medical schools. Forum participants also visited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Emory University School of Medicine, the University of Georgia Biomedical Health Sciences Institute, Piedmont Hospital and Grady Hospital.

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