Alliance of Future Physicians hosts training event for high schoolers

Hands-on session led by medical students and the U.S. Army

Local students interested in pursuing a career in medicine can get insights into what it takes to become a doctor during a free event hosted by the High School Alliance of Future Physicians.

The event, sponsored by MedSchool- Coach, will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Sat., May 11 at Royal High School, 1402 Royal Ave, Simi Valley. It is open to all high school students in Simi and surrounding communities, organizers said.

To register for the free event, go to hsafp.org/events.

The program will consist of two sessions designed to help students gain knowledge and practical skills as they consider a career in medicine.

In the first session, titled “Becoming a Doctor: Real Stories from Medical Students,” Kasha Chen, a fourth-year medical student at the California University of Science and Medicine, will share her journey through medical school, discuss essential preparations for aspiring medics, and answer questions.

Key topics will include the steps undergrads must take in order to apply to medical school; key courses and extracurriculars critical for standing out as a pre-med student; and insights into managing academics, volunteer work and personal time to maintain a balanced and healthy lifestyle.

The second session is titled “Get Hands-On with the U.S. Army’s Stop the Bleed.” In partnership with the U.S. Army, participants will learn emergency tourniquet techniques. The hands-on training will cover how to use your hands to control bleeding; effective methods to stabilize a victim by stopping blood flow; and the proper way to use tourniquets in emergencies.

The High School Alliance of Future Physicians, with the support of Med- SchoolCoach, is dedicated to guiding high school students toward a successful medical career through events, virtual shadowing, comprehensive guidebooks and free webinars.

For more info, visit hsafp.org.