Tidelands Health expands efforts to build next generation of health care providers
Tidelands Health is taking another step in its efforts to help build the next generation of health care providers within the region.
The health system is organizing the health science pathway at the upcoming Pathways 2 Possibilities career expo Feb. 20-21 at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. The event is expected to draw approximately 7,000 eighth-grade students from seven counties to learn about careers in 19 different fields.
As leader of the health science pathway, Tidelands Health is coordinating efforts among eight organizations to help students learn about the wide range of career opportunities in the health care field. The health system’s role at the event is part of a continuing initiative to encourage students to consider careers in health care.
“Given the growth of our region and the high number of baby boomers living in South Carolina, the need for health care personnel is only going to increase,” said Jan Harper, senior vice president and chief human resources officer for Tidelands Health. “As a community-based organization committed to helping people live better lives through better health, we want to be an active partner in encouraging students to pursue health care careers to help meet that need.”
Students who explore the health sciences pathway will be able to learn about nearly two dozen different specialties in the field, ranging from infection control to orthopedics and surgical services. The focus is on engaging the students through hands-on exhibits and activities.
For example, to demonstrate the diverse opportunities available in rehabilitative care, Tidelands Health is planning to allow students to inspect a specially equipped car used by the health system’s driver rehabilitation program.
“Pathways 2 Possibilities stands apart because of the interactive nature of the exhibits,” Harper said. “It will give students a chance to engage in a way that’s not possible through discussion or written material alone.”
Participation in the program is part of an investment in talent development by the health system.
Tidelands Health offers a wide array of opportunities for middle-school, high-school, college and post-graduate students to engage with the delivery of health care in the community. Local high-school students, for example, have the opportunity to participate in the Tidelands Health “Nurses are Extraordinary” program, which provides students a chance to visit the health system’s hospitals and get an up-close look at the important work nurses perform. The health system is also connecting with eighth through 12th graders through STEM Premier, a digital platform that introduces students to potential health care career paths.
College nursing students, meanwhile, can complete an in-depth nurse residency within the health system, working alongside experienced nurse preceptors. And in 2018, Tidelands Health welcomed the second class of resident physicians to the Tidelands Health MUSC Family Medicine Residency Program.
The post-graduate program provides three years of hands-on training for newly graduated physicians who learn under the supervision of physicians from Tidelands Health and the Medical University of South Carolina.