Physician Assistant Students Welcome Southwest Guilford High School Students

Nearly two dozen Southwest Guilford High School students visited HPU’s Center for Medical Simulation to experience what a career in physician assistant studies might look like.


HIGH POINT, N.C., Dec. 5, 2018 – High Point University’s physician assistant students helped local high school students become interested in pursuing a career in the medical field.

“It’s great to be able to take what we learned in our classroom and apply it here at HPU,” said Sarah Hollins, a Southwest Guilford High School senior. “This hands-on experience allows us to get a better understanding.”

Hollins was one of nearly two dozen high school students who were taught how to take vital signs in HPU’s Center for Medical Simulation (CMS) housed in the Congdon School of Health Sciences.

“I like how willing and eager they were to learn how to take blood pressure,” said HPU’s Marissa Akin, a physician assistant student who was teaching Hollins how to take her blood pressure. “They cared about taking vital signs, and I enjoyed their interest in health care and the community.”

James Johnson, HPU’s director of the CMS and assistant professor of physician assistant studies, conducted an anaphylaxis scenario with the high school students. This allowed them to talk to a simulated patient to learn how to care for a human patient in a hospital setting.

“Providing high school students the opportunity to explore health care careers can stimulate an interest in the basic sciences studied during the high school years,” said Johnson. “It is my hope that this experience sparks the student’s interest in the practice of medicine.”

Kabang Nyara, a Southwest Guilford junior, wants to be a pediatrician when she gets older. She says the visit to HPU helped her envision that.

“It’s a great learning experience,” said Nyara. “I’m seeing how they work in the hospital.”

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