gpTRAC teaches HIT @ Scrubs Academy

Every year in late June the University of North Dakota Rural Collaborative Opportunities for Occupational Learning in Health hosts a 3 day camp for middle school students interested in the health sciences called Scrubs Academy.  Scrubs Academy encourages students from across North Dakota to pursue a career in healthcare.  Through hands on and interactive activities students are exposed to healthcare disciples and professions including Occupational Therapy, Public Health, Physical Therapy, Pharmacy, Mental Health, Dental, Rad Tech, Neuroscience, Nursing, Forensic Pathology, Sleep Medicine, and now… HIT!  For the last two years gpTRAC has partnered with Scrubs Academy to teach a workshop on HIT, Telehealth, and Telemedicine.  This year, after learning definitions and applications of HIT and Telehealth, students took on the roll of HIT Innovators in 2050, designing and pitching products they think could improve health and the healthcare system.  From laser smartphone apps, to 3D virtual doctor projections, to pillows that calm brain waves into REM sleep, our socks were knocked off by how creative these future healthcare leaders are!

Teaching Kids About Telemedicine

Last week, gpTRAC partnered with the Center for Rural Health at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences to lead an informational training on telemedicine for middle school students interested in the health sciences. The training was part of a 3 day camp called “R-COOL Scrubs Academy,” where students from across North Dakota gather to participate in hands-on activities and engage in experiential learning with health professionals.  

This year, telemedicine was the theme for the Scrubs Academy Health IT session.  During each one hour session, students connected to gpTRAC via videoconferencing for an interactive lecture on telemedicine including a mock telemedicine consultation, trivia, and a design competition where students applied their new knowledge to innovating telemedicine and mhealth technologies. 

Here is a short video shot by the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center, who stopped by to capture some of the fun: 

gpTRAC offers similar trainings for a variety of programs and organizations. If you are interested in more information, contact us here or call us at 888-239-7092.