Exploring Careers in Health Occupations
Exploring Careers in Health Occupations (ECHO) is a health careers exploration program that provides fun, interactive, multi-disciplinary experiences through a variety of learning opportunities to high school students who are interested in pursuing careers in health care.
ECHO is the only summer residential program in the Western Maryland region that provides interactive experiences and exposure to a broad spectrum of health careers. As an AHEC West signature health careers pipeline program, now in its 14th year, ECHO provides high schoolers hands-on experiences while exploring a wide variety of health careers. Ideally, ECHO encourages students pursuing a career in the health professions to return to a rural community to practice, a community preferably located in the Western Maryland region.
ECHO experiences include adventurous team building activities but more importantly tours and interactive activities at many college and universities including University of Maryland School of Medicine, School of Nursing, WVU; a visit to National Institute of Health and National Library of Medicine; Baltimore Shock Trauma. Students interact with practitioners, technicians and a variety of health care employees during visits to local health departments, hospitals and private physician’s offices; hands on experience with surgical simulators; engagement in leadership training; learning the steps needed to prepare for college; and experiencing a taste of college life by living in a dorm throughout the program.
WHAT STUDENTS HAVE TO SAY:
“ECHO directly affected what area of healthcare I wanted to pursue. It provided me with direction on how to pursue this career path”
“ECHO was a great experience for me and opened my eyes to many more possibilities.”