On Wednesday, September 23rd, Emory & Henry’s Health Professions Club held a successful first meeting for the 2015-2016 academic year. This meeting marked the organization’s reinstatement as an official club after a stretch of inactivity. With several new members and plans for monthly meetings, the Health Professions Club is set for a successful semester.
The evening kicked off with a cookout where students mingled with other club members and faculty from the newly-established School of Health Sciences (SHS) in Marion. Following the dinner, attendees moved inside for the formal meeting. Pre-Health Director Dr. Chris Qualls introduced both the goals for the Health Professions Club and the representatives from the SHS.
The SHS faculty made it clear that they are willing to play an active role in the academic pursuits of Emory & Henry undergraduates. Lou Fincher, Dean of the SHS began by giving an overview of the school’s mission and opportunities for students to visit and get involved with their campus. Dr. Jean Irion, Physical Therapy Program Director, expressed equal enthusiasm in explaining her profession and offering to any student interested in the program to sit in on any of the graduate-level classes. Dr. John Jackson, Director of the Occupational Therapy (OT) program, introduced the various skills and responsibilities of an occupational therapist. Students were also offered the opportunity to work closely with the program’s state-of-the-art labs. The SHS Physician Assistant (PA) program was introduced by Scott Richards, Director of Physician Assistant Studies. Dr. Richards encouraged students with a variety of medical interests to consider PA programs.
Each Health Professions Club meeting will incorporate guest speakers that match members’ professional interests. Speakers will include various professionals and Emory & Henry alumni who are currently in graduate school. The Health Professions Club next meeting is set for mid-October.