Few people get to see real emergency room doctors in action, be with operating room staff during surgery or even watch a dentist performing a root canal. Alaska Native and American Indian high school students from Southeast Alaska can experience these and other opportunities when they participate in the Ethel Lund Village Health Occupations Program (VHOP).
Each year, the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium selects several Southeast-area Native students interested in health careers for VHOP, and the students spend a week at S’áxt’ Hít Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka learning about different health careers and educational opportunities. The experience enables students to evaluate their own strengths and decide which jobs might best suit them.
This year's VHOP session is scheduled for April 24-27, with travel dates being April 23 and 28. Students selected to participate in VHOP receive assistance to cover the travel costs to and from Sitka, housing, meals and some evening entertainment.
The application deadline is March 23. Completed applications may be mailed to Jessika Beam, SEARHC Tribal Recruitment Coordinator, c/o Human Resources Department, 222 Tongass Drive, Sitka, AK 99835. Applications also can be faxed to 907-966-8527, or scanned and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Because space is limited, interested students should apply early. Application packets are available at high school offices, at local village corporations or by going to www.searhc.org/students/vhop.php. For additional information, contact Jessika Beam at 907-966-8903 or by email at email@example.com.