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The World of Physical Therapy

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Carter photo V2What is physical therapy and why do we have it? My name is Carter Beck and I’m going to take you through a tour in the world of physical therapy. During the fall of 2015, I had the opportunity to intern with John Berryhill in his clinic, Berryhill Physical Therapy. I have always been interested in physical therapy and after completing this [CTE Internship] I have gained a better knowledge of what happens in this career. Even with the little experience that I have in this field I was able to participate in so many great opportunities. Do you know how to care for a patient who has had a total knee replacement? Do you know how to get them back to full motion of the joint? These are just a few things that I have learned how to handle while working in the clinic.

PT photo 1The picture on the left is of a patient who has received a total knee replacement and is going through the physical therapy program. He is going through what we call the “Motion Program.” This program is my favorite program because it requires a great amount of accuracy and precision, so that the joint doesn’t get damaged. At the end of the program we test the joint and help it gain more and more motion after every session.

PT photo 2The picture on the right shows the patient stretching out his knee prior to getting tested on range of motion.

I feel fortunate to be trusted by the patients that I have been able to provide care for and appreciate the relationships that I have made with them, as well as my co-workers. These amazing people have taught me so much in just a short time and were more than willing to take me under their wing and show me the ropes. As I head to college, I plan to continue on this path of becoming a physical therapist and hopefully running my own practice someday. While spending time with John in his clinic, he challenged me to learn the names and uses for all of the [physical therapy] equipment in the office. I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to do it at first, but after putting [the equipment] to use with the patients I learned all [of the names].

PT equipment 1This is one of the rooms in the office where we store a tiny portion of the equipment. There are many pieces that have dual purposes that I never would have thought about. In our clinic we use things like Wii Fit to help patients gain balance and motion. It makes me laugh watching the elderly patients try to operate a modern video game.

Because of this experience I am going to follow my dreams and become a [physical] therapist. After seeing the happiness in someone’s eyes once they can walk on their own again after a stroke, or being able to use their hand after getting it smashed to pieces, I can’t help but think of all of the other things that I could help people with in this field down the road. It makes me happy to see people who are happy and physical therapy gives me the chance to make people happy every single day. I would like to thank the entire Berryhill Physical Therapy office staff for letting me come and be a part of their success.


Physical Therapy (Therapeutic Rehabilitation/Exercise) is one of ten Career and Technical Education Pathways in the Health Science Education program area. CTE Internships are part of the Work-Based Learning (WBL) program. To participate in the Therapeutic Rehabilitation/Exercise Pathway talk to your school counselor. To participate in a CTE Internship talk to the WBL coordinator at your school.

Utah HOSA State Officers Attend Washington Leadership Academy

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

Washington LA- attendeesBy Denise Abbott, Utah HOSA State Advisor

HOSA-Future Health Professionals, the largest national organization for middle school, high school, and postsecondary/collegiate students with an interest in the health profession, held its 9th Annual Washington Leadership Academy September 19-22, 2015 in Arlington, Virginia. Nearly 200 state and local HOSA officers from 32 states joined together to learn the importance of Community, Accountability, Relationships and Excellence. This year’s Washington Leadership Academy taught leaders how to CARE by:

> Engaging with their COMMUNITY.
> Understanding the significance of establishing and maintaining ACCOUNTABILITY.
> Learning the value of building healthy RELATIONSHIPS.
> Realizing the benefit of exemplifying the EXCELLENCE during one’s leadership journey.

Arlington National Cemetery - laying the HOSA wreathThroughout the four days, the future health professionals heard dynamic speakers, participated in interactive workshops and leadership building activities, paid tribute to fallen heroes at the Arlington National Cemetery, toured the nation’s landmarks, and saw democracy firsthand by visiting with members of Congress.

The Washington Leadership Academy was attended by Omar Ramirez (Southern Utah University), Utah HOSA State President; Josh Pinnock (Viewmont High School), Utah HOSA Vice President over Davis County; Weston Lee (Weber High School) Medical Reserve Corps Liaison.

In addition to attending workshops and listening to guest speakers, the Utah HOSA State Officers met with representatives from the offices of Congressman Stewart, Congresswoman Love, and Congressman Bishop.

COL Deydre Teyhen, DPT, Ph.D., OCS, Deputy Chief of Staff for Public Health, Office of the Surgeon General, Defense Health Headquarters, was a dynamic opening session speaker challenging HOSA members and advisors to examine their daily habits and stressing the importance of physical activity, sleep, nutrition, emotional and physical health. In being a great leader, don’t forget to care about self! (VIEW speech of COL Deydre Teyhen.)

HOSA-Future Health Professionals was honored to host RADM Boris Lushniak, Deputy Surgeon General, for his final appearance prior to his retirement from public office. RADM Lushniak reflected on medical innovations through his lifetime and envisioned the future of medicine that the students would experience and help in creating. (VIEW speech of RADM Boris Lushniak.)

Byron Garrett, award winning author and educator, demonstrated his great commitment to our nation’s youth as he challenged those in attendance to take hold of their future and become a dream maker. (VIEW speech of Byron Garrett.)

The Washington Leadership Academy concluded with Kelly Barnes, motivational speaker and trainer, by reminding HOSA leaders their purpose, their responsibility to others and to the organization, how to value each other, and the importance of serving others. (VIEW speech of Kelly Barnes.)

Health science/biomedical science education teachers attended the conference learning how to motivate and help develop their officer teams’ leadership potential and how they can help maximize their state initiatives throughout the year.

HOSA members left Washington with increased knowledge, new skills, and confidence to act in ways that will help their state organization, their schools, their communities, and their country.

Omar - Weston - Josh with Stephanie Dearie Legal Asst. for Congresswoman Mia Love

Left to right: Weston Lee, Josh Pinnock,
Stephanie Dearie, Legal Assistant for Congresswoman Mia Love,
Omar Ramirez

Health Science Education Opened My Mind to a Medical Career

Monday, October 5th, 2015

Derick RojasDerick Rojas, a graduate of Viewmont High School, participated in the CTE Health Science Education Pathway while in high school. From taking health science education courses to participating in a CTE Internship to receiving concurrent enrollment credit at Weber University Derick successfully prepared for college and his future career.

“At the beginning of my sophomore year, I didn’t have a clue or idea what my future career would be. Taking Intro to Health Science opened my mind to a medical career. The teacher was an excellent teacher because she was an experienced respiratory therapist and with that knowledge she gave us tips and information about careers and college. She was always there to help me learn about everything. After taking that class, I soon [advanced] to the Certified Nursing Program. I loved that class and became a teacher’s assistant. I know now that taking that one class in my sophomore year helped me to know what career I want to pursue.”

To learn more about the Health Science Education Pathways click HERE.

Utah HOSA Excels at 2015 NLC

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

By Denise Abbott, Utah HOSA Advisor

Postsecondary medalistsOn June 23, 2015, over 8,500 HOSA members, advisors, and healthcare professionals from around the nation arrived in Anaheim, California for the HOSA 38th Annual National Leadership Conference. The Hilton Hotel and Convention Center was the site of 58 competitive events, 104 educational symposia, HOSA University, scholarships, interactive exhibitions, and networking opportunities for the 230 delegates from Utah.

Utah HOSA began the conference on Tuesday with the Utah HOSA State Officers attending a national workshop for state officers. On Wednesday morning, Utah HOSA Delegates attended a breakfast orientation led by the Utah HOSA State Officers (Omar Ramirez, Spencer Kuehne, Josh Pinnock, Weston Lee, Dereck Tolua, Sadie Bird, Angelika Briones, Montana Vonhatten).

The conference officially began Wednesday evening with the Keynote Speaker, Dr. Sampson Davis (The Pact and Living and Dying in Brick City) was an amazing keynote speaker. He reminded students, “Those who call you nerd today will call you boss tomorrow.” He also encouraged students by saying, “When you’re this close to quitting, you’re this much closer to success.”

Utah HOSA President Omar Ramirez meeting Dr. Sampson Davis

Utah HOSA President Omar Ramirez meeting Dr. Sampson Davis

Thursday and Friday were dedicated to competitions and educational symposia. Saturday included a sight-seeing in San Clemente and rides in Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm AND the Grand Awards Ceremonies! View the list of recognitions and highlights HERE.

We would like to congratulate all of the advisors, members, and officers who participated and excelled at the conference. A warm thank you to those advisors who were not able to attend the conference, and who spent so much time preparing student members for success at nationals. We would also like to thank the Utah State Office of Education’s Career and Technical Education department, schools, districts, superintendents, Career and Technical Education directors, principals, and HOSA chapter advisors for their continued support of Utah HOSA. We would also like to thank our scholarship sponsors – Utah Hospital Association, Intermountain Healthcare, ARUP Laboratories, Davis Applied Technology College, and the Army ROTC at the University of Utah.

Utah HOSA is a student leadership organization whose mission is to promote career opportunities in healthcare and to enhance the delivery of quality healthcare to all people. Utah HOSA currently operates 83 chapters in both high schools and colleges/universities throughout the state with a membership of 3,800. Utah HOSA is supported by the Career and Technical Education department of the Utah State Office of Education. The Health Science Specialist is Rachel Bolin.

Utah HOSA, congratulations on a successful conference!

2015-2016 State HOSA Officers

2015-­2016 State HOSA Officers
Back row, left to right:
Weston Lee, Spencer Kuehne, Josh Pinnock, Dereck Tuloa
Front row, left to right:
Angelika Briones, Jennifer Duenas, Omar Ramirez, Montana VonHatten

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2015 HOSA NLC: Dream – Inspire – Lead

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

state officers receiving award - most professional stateToday the 38th Annual HOSA National Leadership Conference begins in Anaheim, California. More than 8,500 future health professionals from 50 states and territories will join together to compete in 47 competitive events and experience HOSA at its absolute best. Members will participate in educational and social learning activities, tour healthcare facilities, and visit exhibits presented by professional healthcare associations.

Join the conference by watching HERE.

>Day 1: Wednesday, June 24 at 7:30 p.m. PDT
>Day 2: Thursday, June 25 at 7:00 p.m. PDT
>Day 3: Friday, June 26 at 4:00 p.m. PDT
>Day 3: Friday, June 26 at 8:00 p.m. PDT

View Conference Guide
Follow HOSA on Twitter #HOSAnlc2015
Like HOSA on Facebook #HOSAnlc2015
Watch HOSA on YouTube
Get the HOSA National Leadership Conference app. The app is free and is available on iPhone, iPad, and Android devices.

View the list of Utah state winners. The first place winner from each category is in Anaheim, California to compete at the HOSA National Leadership Conference.

“This year marks great strides for our organization; it will be HOSA’s 31st year of continuous growth, as we surpass the 180,000 membership mark!”

—Hugo Quezada, National HOSA President

Meet Taylar Brown: Future Nurse

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Taylar Brown“I just completed my CNA course, where I discovered a passion for both medical terminology and first aid. This led me to apply for the EMT course. I soon learned that by taking these two courses and having my CNA and EMT license, I have the potential to work in the emergency room as a CNA at a hospital. Working in an emergency room is something I have always thought would be an exciting and satisfying job. I love the idea of having to be quick on my feet and constantly thinking about what to do next. I feel that this is my passion because it fits my personality.

“By taking the CNA and EMT courses in high school, through the Career and Technical Education Therapeutic Services Nursing Pathway, I’m better prepared to enter the workforce. These courses allowed me to gain hands-on learning and on-the-job training through internships, and receive instruction from actual teachers who work in the field. I can leave high school with experience that enables me to enter the workforce in a meaningful field, as opposed to an entry-level position making minimum wage.”

—Taylar Brown, Riverton High School

UtahCTE.org congratulates Taylar on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award she received to Salt Lake Community College. Taylar was  one of 102 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet on Tuesday, April 28, 2015.

Virtual Healthcare Interactive: Mother-Infant

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

JATC_HS_IMG_2732On Thursday, April 23, 2015, Utah Career and Technical Education (CTE) high school students across the state of Utah will participate in a Virtual Healthcare Interactive (VHI) live broadcast, in partnership with the Utah State Office of Education (USOE) and Intermountain Healthcare.

The two-hour event begins with students watching a pre-recorded mother-infant surgery, followed by a live chat with surgeons/physicians using real-time technology. In conjunction with the live broadcast, students will receive exposure to a variety of healthcare careers related to the surgery, as well as pre- and post-event curricula and activities designed to provide them with the background information they need in order to understand the surgery/procedure.

There will be eight broadcast sites across the state, including those within technology centers. More than 350 high school students from 15 high schools in 7 school districts, as well as physicians from Intermountain Healthcare, will participate in this event. The participating school districts are Cache, Canyons, Juab, Provo, Rich, Tooele, and Weber.

With increased confidentiality concerns, Work-Based Learning experiences have decreased in the healthcare area over the last few years. Engaging students through technology allows hospitals to bring more students into their environment with limited liability exposure and minimal interruption to the hospital.

USOE Health Science Education Specialist Rachel Decker says, “With more stringent privacy laws and regulations, it has become increasingly difficult for students to do job shadows and internships in a hospital setting. Through the Virtual Healthcare Interactive partnership, the students are able to learn about a variety of careers involved in the patient care process and then observe an operation as if they were there in the operating room. They also have the opportunity to interact with the surgeon and ask questions as they are watching the surgery. VHI allows students chances to experience an operating room and surgery that they would normally not have.”

Healthcare is one of the largest and fastest-growing industries in the U.S., employing over 18 million workers in more than 200 careers. Over the past decade, the healthcare industry has added 2.6 million jobs nationwide. According to the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, the U.S. will need 5.6 million more healthcare workers by the year 2020.

CTE Internship with a Smile

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Emily Goldman photo 1b

By Emily Goldman, student at Sky View High School

My name is Emily Goldman and I had the opportunity, during the winter of 2014-2015, to complete a CTE Internship at Dr. Grays Dental Office in the field of dental assisting. I am planning to pursue a career as a dental hygienist, and this internship let me get my foot in the door and see how a dental office really is. It also helped me have a better understanding of all of the procedures and tools that are needed to run a dental office successfully. I developed so many helpful skills that will help me not only at work, but also outside of the office.

As a dental assistant I had to learn surgery steps, names and functions of tools, and the proper ways of cleaning the exam rooms. I also had to gain a very comfortable relationship with patients as well as the parents of patients, so they would have no worries of how a surgery or a cleaning would go. While waiting for the doctor I would have to keep a conversation with patients, which helped me with my social skills. I absolutely loved every minute of interning at Dr. Gray’s office, and that had a lot to do with the other dental assistants as well as the hygienists and receptionists. They were all so patient and understanding and helpful in whatever task that I was asked to do.

I am so thankful that I was able to have this chance to see if it was what I really wanted to do, and it is due to the amazing people who helped me see all the good of a dental office.

Emotional Range of Motion: The Other Side of Physical Therapy

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

By Blake Jordan, student at Sky View High School

Blake Jordan photo 2“One more, come on one more! Get there, get there, get there! You can do this!” The physical therapist screams at his rehabilitating patient. The final rep is completed, and thus proves the patient’s physical state has been tested and proved to be improving greatly. The patient feels great physically, and hasn’t been able to work his muscles this hard since the accident, and knows he can get back to performing the usual tasks that he was debilitated from. However, he has an extremely difficult time getting any rest in the evening. Every night he wakes up around 3:30 in the morning, screaming, and cold sweat streams from his pores. His mind replays the final stages before the accident. The desperate honking, the headlights launching towards him—at an incredibly high speed—and the closing of his eyes with no idea of what is to come next.

How absolutely horrifying would this situation be if it were you? You can recover physically, that part is the easy part compared to the long rocky road of the mental recovery. Our brains have the tendency to tie an emotionally challenging event to a certain sight or smell that is chemically tied to that specific event. This is why some smells bring back good memories, or bad memories. Or, what if you see something that reminds you of a hard time suffered years ago, it still flashes in your mind as if it was just happening again. Often physical therapists tend to stay strictly to their title, physical therapy. However, Sharik Peck is very unique, because he almost mainly concentrates on the mental side of recovery. I’ve witnessed Sharik practically blur out a bad memory by mixing chemical releases in the brain at the same time, causing the memory to not be as severe and to help the emotional state of the patient. This experience has completely changed the way I look at the study of medicine and the medical professional field.

Blake Jordan photo 3I aspire to be a doctor one day, and have taken major strides as a young 17 year old to get there. This will help me to be a more personable doctor. Granted, I’m not planning on going into physical therapy, but the lessons remain the same. All doctors should care about every single one of their patients and help them in a way that is unique to that doctor. This will create an amazing bond between doctor and patient and both will be much more relaxed and comfortable in that environment.

As I head to college, I will have already developed valuable skills in the medical field that most will not be able to say they did. I work at a doctor’s office, working on data entry and billing insurance companies to make sure revenue is generated for the clinic. That is the insurance and billing side of healthcare. I’m also interning for Sharik and seeing the one-on-one actual doctor patient experience of healthcare. I want to express my sincere gratitude to Sharik, and his wife/business partner Cheryl Peck, for granting this amazing opportunity to me and for helping me develop valuable skills in the healthcare world. I’m Blake Jordan. In the winter of 2015, I completed a CTE Internship at Maximum Function Physical Therapy in the field of physical therapy.

My CTE Internship Experience

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

NiKelle Brown, a student at Richfield High School, participated in a CTE Internship at Barnett Orthodontics as part of the Work-Based Learning Program at her high school. Below NiKelle tells about her internship experience.

“I interned at Barnett Orthodontics as an assistant in training. I basically shadowed the office assistants and learned from them. I learned so much from this opportunity!

NiKelle Brown“I started out by scanning models and impressions, sterilizing instruments, and stocking patient units along with many other little jobs that keep things running smoothly. Eventually I was given the unique opportunity to actually work on patients. I was trained when to ask them to come on back and have a seat, then I simply untied their bands, took out their wires and told them to brush and floss, then to come back for the doctor to have a look at their progress. Working with patients also means developing X-rays, as well as taking initial photos and entering them into a specific record on the computer.

“I cannot begin to explain how educational and fun the entire internship was for me! I developed better people skills, as well as an understanding of what not only goes into keeping a busy business running, but also what a day in a career I am interested in pursuing is actually like. Participating in an internship is nothing like looking the career up online or even asking an experienced worker for a job description. Being an intern means actually getting your hands into the work and trying it out for yourself. These are real life situations with real life people and results! How much better can it get?”