Sprinting to the finish line.


Visions of working with the likes of Lebron James, Usain Bolt, and Clayton Kershaw was probably the driving force behind more than 100 students who registered for Sports Medicine Day at the University of La Verne on a recent Saturday.  This was an encore performance after a successful Sports Med Day a year ago. The day started with a keynote speaker, Dr. Ed Garrett, Associate Professor of Sports Management at CBU, and former Sports Psychologist of the MLB Colorado Rockies. "I get paid to watch Sports Center every day!" he exclaimed. That really resonated with the students and got them excited about the field of sports psychology.

We planned the day around circuit-style workshops so that every student was able to to hear from each guest presenter.  Dr. Paul Alvarez, Professor of Kinesiology, ULV, presented on athletic training, Dr. Nur Bandek, Professor of Psychology, ULV, presented on sports psychology and child development, and Mr. Gilbert Benitez, Assistant Professor of Health, ULV, presented on Physican Assistant. 

The Athletic Training session, by Dr. Alvarez, gave me a lot of information about the time and commitment needed in order to become an Athletic Trainer. The PA session displayed a variety of ear and throat images comparing healthy ones to those with medical conditions. This seminar showed me a lot of careers in Kinesiology that I did not think about. There is so much more in this field than I originally thought. For example, I didn’t know that in some careers in medicine you have to specialize in order to qualify for the job.
— Brissa Sanchez, Chaffey College Sophomore and member of the Sports Med Club

Generational mentoring: PA students showcase their knowledge base to local high schoolers.

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If you thought PA just stood for "Pennsylvania", then you might have been a little confused as students from Western University of Health Sciences (aka Western U), dressed in white lab coats, arrived at Alta Loma High School armed with clinical equipment and tools. You see, last Saturday, April 7th, was PA Day for Chaffey Joint Union High School District students who were interested in learning, not about the keystone state but, what a physician assistant does. 

At a ratio of nearly 1:2 the Chaffey students really received some personalized attention as the 30 Western U students walked them through numerous hands on activities like taking blood pressure and other vitals, listening to the heart, checking reflexes, and familiarizing themselves with lung sounds. Students learning from students was the unique part of this day, and made possible by instructor and keynote speaker, Mr. Roy Guizado, MS, PA-C, DFAAPA, who is the Chair and Associate Professor for the Department of PA Education at Western U. 

The PA students provided a volume of information including the types of instruments used in the surgical environment,  the path to PA school, what to expect in the program, and some of the struggles they faced transitioning to college. They provided guidance and support to the high schoolers and encouraged them to keep striving toward their goals even though times can get tough. "Hang in there," they said, "the reward is worth it!" 



White Coat Spring Break Program expands to college students.

 Andrew Hoover and Hannah Abdelmessih pose in their white coats. 

Andrew Hoover and Hannah Abdelmessih pose in their white coats. 

Spring Break is always a busy time of year for IHPC. While images of sun, surf, and crowded beaches may come to mind, 26 students set their sites on something higher - a chance to participate in the White Coat Spring Break program run by IHPC in partnership with the San Bernardino County Medical Society (SBCMS). We've worked with SBCMS for the past three years to offer select students a 30 - 40 hour job shadow and observational experience through the society's member clinics and hospitals.

Two students, Andrew Hoover (student ambassador and sophomore at Ruben Ayala High School) and Hannah Abdelmessih (junior at Ontario Christian High) were both assigned to EMS coordinator, Cathy Torrez at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center Emergency Department. Both students are interested in surgery - Andrew wants to pursue Cardiovascular surgery while Hanna is more interested in general surgery. 

This year, the white coat program was opened to college students and we were able to place students from UC Irvine, UC Riverside, Moreno Valley College, the University of La Verne, and California State University - San Bernardino. Two of our college students, both working moms, shared their experience with us.

I have loved every single moment of the ER experience! I love the people that work there and have gotten many numbers and letters of recommendation! I got to go into many different areas of the ER and Trauma center and connected with several nurses who gave me a lot of advice. Now, after talking with so many physicians assistants and nurses who are pursuing a nurse practitioners degree, I am definitely considering getting my FNP (Family Nurse Practitioner).

The first day was really eventful and I witnessed so much! I got to see patients from all ages and situations... I recommend that anyone who is accepted to the White Coat Program ask each nurse, doctor, physicians assistant, and nurse practitioner why they chose that field and the benefits and downsides.

I would highly recommend everyone to apply who is contemplating the medical field. The staff are willing to answer questions and support higher education. I have to say this was both an exciting and rewarding place to work.
— Monica Figueroa, SBVC student

Students selected for the program must commit one week of their Spring break to the White Coat program and go through an extensive selection process including an online application, letters of recommendation, and training on HIPAA and workplace professionalism. Thanks to the hard work of Alison Elsner and Debbie Long from SBCMS, we were able to place students at nine locations throughout the region: Arrowhead Regional Medical Center's Emergency Department and Outpatient Women's Center, Choice Medical Group in Victor Valley, San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health, Victory Valley Global Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente in San Bernardino and Redlands, and Arrowhead Orthopaedics in Rancho Cucamonga and Redlands. 

The White Coat experience at Arrowhead Orthopaedics has been amazing. It’s been far more pleasant than I had expected. Ambre, the manager of the Pain Management Pod and her team of medical assistants have been kind, informative, and instructional. They have asked me whether I will apply there and they also stated I have fit it very well. If they do have any positions available I would love to hear about them, but in the mean time I will continue to promote my appreciation for this opportunity from Inland Health Professions Coalition. Thank you for all you have done on my behalf!
— Yvonne Delgado, CSUSB student

Our high school White Coats represented Redlands High, Yucaipa, Indian Springs, Ruben Ayala, Chino Hills, Upland, and Ontario Christian Charter School. 

This has been an amazing [experience] for me! The staff at the ED have been so nice and helfpful to answer all of our questions, as basic as they can be. I have had the opportunity to see an array of medical procedures and each day I am more eager to see something new. It’s is just so funny that everyting I’ve been taught, I hear being used...when I hear it I think to myself, ‘hey wait’, I know why that is, what that does, or why you would do that. I cannot begin to thank you enough for choosing me for this expereince and opportunity....I wanted to be a jail intake nurse but after being in the ED, THIS is where I belong. Now when I am up late studying, doing homework, or crying because I feel this is all too much, this experience is my motivation for why I am doing this for my daughters and has helped me re-focus and get a taste of exactly what I am working so hard for and sacrificing my time for.
— Stephanie Jefferson, SBVC student and business owner

Wow, what a day at HPC 2018!

 700 studens attended HPC2018 - our biggest year yet!

700 studens attended HPC2018 - our biggest year yet!

Every year we look forward to planning an entire youth conference around health-related careers. This year was no different and the planning committee worked hard to put together a great conference for 700 health pathway students across the San Bernardino and Riverside counties (representing 26 high schools!). The 4th Annual Health Professions Conference was hosted by the College of Health Sciences at Cal Baptist University in Riverside. What a reception our students received there! The CBU team were a joy to work with and rolled out the red carpet to ensure that our students had a wonderful experience on their campus. 

 A candid moment between Emcee, Simon T. Moore [left] and keynote Dr. Adolfo Aguilera [right]. 

A candid moment between Emcee, Simon T. Moore [left] and keynote Dr. Adolfo Aguilera [right]. 

The day commensed at the brand new CBU event center - a 5,000 seat state-of-the-art sports arena and home of the Lancers, as depicted by the bronzed 20' sculpture erected on the expansive mall outside the center. Early arrivals were ushered in by CBU student volunteers and challenged to a game of Kahoots - an online game interface of medically based trivia-type questions. The morning commensed with a warm welcome from this year's master of ceremonies, Simon Thomas Moore, a student from Coachella Valley High and former HOSA President, followed by the opening keynote address by local physician, Dr. Adolfo Aguilera who serves as the associate residency program director for UCR School of Medicine. Dr. Aguilera has a special place in his heart for underserved populations, driven by his personal journey as a minority from the wrong side of the tracks. He was frank with the students about his roots, which many could relate to, and how we has achieved so much already in his medical career. As he spoke, you could have heard a pin drop in the massive auditorium. After his talk, students were chasing him down to ask more questions and taking notes on his career advice. He ended up spending the whole day with our students and staff! 

The goal of the conference is always to expose students to as many health careers as we can fit into a school day - that turns about to be about 40 different seminars! Each student was able to attend three sessions which covered careers from Allied Health to Public Health and everything in between -- and there's a lot in between! One of the highlights was the Physician Assistant simulation lab at CBU - a fantastic space with individual examination "rooms" and all the acoutrements of an actual clinic. Other topics included clinical lab sciences, physical therapy, behavioral health, emergency medicine, family medicine, nursing, medical imaging, epidemiology, and the list goes on. Our workshop presenters were informative, passionate, and enthusiastic as they shared their careers to packed rooms. There were some extra treats for the students during lunch - a vendor fair! We had nearly 30 exhibitors set up in the courtyard at the Allied Health Campus to pass out free information and materials about college programs and community resources. A photo booth was generously donated by Superfly Photo so students were able to get their selfie fixes in. 


Even the weather was on our side, and despite forecasts to the contrary, the gray clouds managed to hold off until the end of the day, only briefly drizzling on the students as they made their way back to the events center for the closing keynote, Mr. Barry Knight. Mr. Knight is CEO and founder of BEK Impact Company, a leadership, coaching and speaking firm that inspires leadership. If the students were feeling a bit drowsy from lunch, that quickly changed as Mr. Knight strode to the podium and delivered a thunderous motivational address about making the right choices in life. He had the students laughing, applausing, and sending up verbal high fives as he challenged them to not only make the right choice once, but to keep on making them over and over again, and never losing sight of their goals, no matter where they come from or where they want to go.

I don’t know what’s going to happen! I don’t know where opportunities are coming [from]. I don’t know what the next possibility is! All I know is my story doesn’t end HERE! All I know is, you may not like me, you may not give me the opportunities, but something BETTER is going to happen. That’s the attitude that I want to instill in you! That there is always “better”, depending on the choices you make.” 
— Barry Knight

It was great way to send the students back to their respective school campuses, inspired and armed with new knowlege, until next year. 


Our thanks goes out to the many, many health professionals who volunteered their time to conduct our interactive workshops; the high school teachers, who jumped through registration and bussing hoops to make sure their class could be there;  and our community leaders who helped make HPC2018 possible through sponsorships.  We also wish to recognize our generous hosts at California Baptist University: David Pearson, Dean of the College of Health Sciences, Allison Russell, the college's Administrative Assistant Extraordinaire, and Corey Polk, Director of Conferences and Events and his fantastic staff!. You have impacted these student's lives in ways that we may never know. Thank you!

PS: The tentative date for next year's conference is March 26, 2019. For more information, please email violet@we-rechout.org. #HPC2019.

Paramedic school: Learning the tools of the trade.


There is no way, as a young health pathway student entering through the doors of NCTI in Riverside, you cannot get excited about becoming a paramedic! From the cool uniforms, to the equipment, life-size dummies, and other as-close-to-the-real-thing-as-you-can-get practice limbs, you're promised a day that brings the classroom to life. NCTI is a subsidiary of American Medical Response and is the nation's largest paramedic, EMT, and EMS training facility. 

NCTI really rolls out the welcome mat for our highschoolers, utilizing their own trainees to act as mentors and giving them a chance to "roll up their sleeves" and practice some of the key competencies all paramedics must learn. These included airway management through the use of special tubes inserted through the nose or down the throat, tourniquets and traction splints, first aid, compression bandaging, backboard transport, iv insertions, and managing codes. The students were also split up into two teams and there was a contest to see which team could put on a cervical collar and properly place a patient on a backboard.

We took some great pictures of the students trying their hands at the different activities that we wanted to share. Practicing iv insertions was probably the most intimidating, but the activities really helped the students determine if the emergency medical field was something they wanted to pursue.  There is currently a shortage of paramedics and NCTI hopes to address this need and get more students interested in the field.

On behalf of our 18 students from Corona, Eleanor Roosevelt, Canyon Springs, and Vista Del Lago High Schools, we want to say thank you to our host Daniel Forbing, Paramedic Program Instructor, and the EMT paramedics-in-training, Justin, A. Hente, J. Hill, Brandon Palina, Tim Gregory, Jason W., Michael Merced, Jason Marchand, and Mark Lewan from CALFIRE who worked with our students as part of their community outreach. They all enjoyed the day so much! 

Gamers make good cardiologists??

 Dr. Andrew Ho, Cardiologist.

Dr. Andrew Ho, Cardiologist.

 Medical stent used in coronary surgery.

Medical stent used in coronary surgery.

That was one of the messages Dr. Andrew Ho drove home to the students on his recent visit to Ms. Aracelli's STEM students at Corona High. The advances in medicine mean less hand contact with the patient and increased use of robotics and video screens for procedures. Dr. Ho, who works at Temecula Valley Hospital came with props - an actual stent used to thread through the artery to reach the heart, a process which can now be done through the wrist instead of the groin (which everyone agreed sounded a lot less scary!).  Dr. Ho told the students he didn't know what he wanted to be when he grew up and ended up in medical school simply because a friend was going! Once there, however, he realized that he wanted to become a cardiologist, even though he almost passed out during his first operation at a volunteer clinic. "I had to get over it and I had to stay motivated. You can't master Mother Nature, but you can always get better -- but you need drive to be better." We want to thank Dr. Ho for taking time from his busy schedule to speak to our students. 

Work-based Learning Institute wraps up.


We wanted to give a shout out to our CTE teachers from CNUSD who completed the Work-based Leanring Institute last February - congratulations! Teachers in attendance learned about mock interviews, site visits, job shadowing, internships, virtual job shadowing, and service learning. We also wanted to thank the Director of Service Learning at CSUSB, Diane Podolske, Ph.D.,  and her coworker Dr. Cherstin Lyon, professor of History and Faculty Association for the Office of Community Engagement for speaking to our teachers and wrapping up this 3-day institute. 

JUMP club teaches leadership...and medical measurement.


It was a bright and sunny day at Auburdale Intermediate, and perfect for taking 60 kids out on the lawn for a few leadership exercises. Outreach Specialist, Gloria Coder and three interns organized the JUMP students into small groups, had them elect a "leader", and gave each of them a hula hoop. In silence the leader had to arrange their group into a single file line and then pass the hula hoop from person to person by stepping through it without saying a word. They then repeated the exercise using their voices (which immediately descended into a lot of yelling and shouting) to communicate and immediately understood the paradox - they got more done and did it faster when they weren't able to speak and were forced to pay attention to their leader! 


The River Heights JUMP club got a quick lesson in handwashing, using a black light to look for missed "germs" before being handed a baby doll and a measuring tape. Even though these were obviously not real newborns, they still took care to be gentle as they measured their heads and limbs -- just as they would in a hospital setting. Medical measurement is just one of many skills the students will be learning as they prepare for the JUMP Spring Showdown happening on April 21st. 

Bloomington High gets Mental Health First Aid Training

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Students from Bloomington High School particiapted in the Youth Mental Health First Aid training that we've been hosting around the region. 

30 juniors and seniors took part in this certificate course offered by the San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health.

It was a full day. Students learned how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness and substance abuse. The training gave them the skills to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health illness, substance abuse problem, or experiencing a crisis.

This was a great opportunity for students to learn about mental health and to be prepared for a situation that they may encounter. Thank you to Greg Rossler and Claudia Silva for training these awesome students!

IHPC has offered this training in partnership with several groups including Tri City Mental Health, San Bernardino Department of Behavioral Health, and the Humanity Center 4 Change with Dr. Teresa Etheridge. Nearly every day we are reminded that there is an overwhelming need for this type of training and our students are responding! New workshops will be made available online visit www.inlandcoalition.org/events to stay abreast of this and other future offerings. 

"I see dead people."

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Unlike the famous phrase from the 1999 film, The Sixth Sence with Bruce Willis, a recent visit to the Loma Linda University cadaver lab brought about a sence of wonderment and appreciation for the human body, not fear. The Heritage High Bio-Med and Lead the Way students visited the lab on an educational field trip. They were able to identify the muscles and organs of the human body in the lab's cadaver area and visit the embryonic musuem which literally gave them an inside look at the various stages of fetal development. Not only was it a great experience for the students but according to their career counselor, Cheri Adame; for some it validated their choice to pursue medicine!