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Biomedical Symposium for Whitehall School District
April 25, 2024

One hundred Whitehall High School students and staff from St. Luke’s University Health Network are proud to launch the inaugural Whitehall Biomedical Symposium today, April 25 from 8 am to 3 pm at Whitehall High School.

Similar to the symposium held earlier this month at Parkland High School, a diverse group of healthcare professionals will provide a unique opportunity for students to see a variety of hands on skills utilizing St. Luke's athletic trainers, physicians, orthopedic surgeons, physician assistants, physical therapists, nurses and EMS have teamed up to provide a full day's educational program for students. The program includes a cadaver dissection, an EMS ambulance and helicopter demo, radiology, the Simulation Lab, physical therapy and CPR. 

“St. Luke's is proud to partner with the Whitehall-Coplay School District to bring this rare opportunity on site to the students of the district.,” says Aaron Boggs MA, LAT, ATC, Program Manager of the West Market, St. Luke’s Sports Medicine. “These students are obviously extremely dedicated to the sciences. We want to stoke their interests as they relate to their interests in attending medical school or pursuing a career in the medical field. We want this event, and others like it, to make a big impact on their futures.”

“The educational collaboration between the Whitehall School District and St. Luke's offers students an unmatched opportunity to experience hands-on medical skills and simulated medical situations led by actual medical professionals. The students are so excited and enthusiastic to participate in this event" says Boggs. Helping these highly motivated students to make informed career path decisions is something that the network is happy to provide though this event, and others like it. 

“I am excited to see so many students taking an interest in medicine says Eric Pridgen, MD, St. Luke’s Orthopedic Care." Providing education like this is a core value of St. Luke's and we hope this experience serves to inspire these students to become the future leaders in healthcare.”