By Jared Kennedy
The Omaha News
The University of Nebraska at Omaha Pre-Health Professionals Club is reaching beyond campus borders with a new initiative aimed at educated high school students about getting into medicine.
Club president Seif Nasir said the initiative is called Nebraska Pre-Health.
“Students who are involved in the Pre-Health Professionals Club on campus are going and speaking to high schools all across the state of Nebraska,” Nasir said.
Jenna Christiansen is from Fairbury, Nebraska. She is also the Vice President of the club. She said doing this for rural students is very important.
“It’s important for students from those small towns to have that mentorship,” Christiansen said. “It’s something I wish I had while I was going through school in Fairbury.”
Christiansen said it’s important to get to these high school students now and spark their interest.
Professor Richard Lomneth is the faculty advisor for the club. He said it is all about getting the word out to these students there are more jobs in the medical industry than just doctors and nurses.
“There are alternative health careers out there they may not know anything about,” Lomneth said. “(This could) Broaden their perspective before they come into school.”
So far the club has gone to both a local high school and to Fairbury high school to give talks. Nasir said there will be many more to come.