If you're planning to enter a health profession, you'll need a lot more than strong academics. At Elmhurst's Patterson Center for the Health Professions, you'll find plenty of opportunities to get real-world experience, travel abroad, conduct relevant research and much more.
Seminars and Workshops
Each year, the Patterson Center brings in a variety of professionals and alumni to lead workshops and speak on a number of different topics. One week you might attend a lecture on ethics presented by a leading medical ethicist, and the next, you might participate in a workshop on preparing your application for professional school.
Each year we hold a Health Professions Fair and Career Expo. The Health Professions Fair is an outstanding opportunity to meet representatives of top-level professional schools and other health-related organizations. In addition, every year the Center collaborates with the Center for Professional Excellence and Niebuhr Center to introduce students to an array of careers by bringing professionals from various backgrounds, such as doctors, nurses, speech language pathologists and physical therapists (just to name a few) to the Career Expo.
Elmhurst offers plenty of opportunities to gather real-world knowledge. You'll have health care related experiences at some of the nation's leading hospitals, laboratories and organizations, and you'll have extensive shadowing opportunities. For example:
For many students, traveling abroad offers the most compelling experience of their college education. As a student at Elmhurst, you can spend an entire summer month in central Europe studying a variety of scientific and medical issues. One year, for example, our summer group met with the head of medical ethics at the Sorbonne and discussed such issues as stem cell research and cloning.
If one month abroad is not enough for you, you can take advantage of other international opportunities, including individualized semester-long programs in Spain, Costa Rica, France and more.
Some examples of recent projects:
Elmhurst students also are regularly involved in summer laboratory research programs on campus and at local research labs or medical facilities.