Hartford Area Career & Technology Center
Allied Medical Services is a class that focuses on health careers. The class introduces a variety of careers to the student, including what that profession entails and the educational requirements. My name is Dawn Plomp; I am a senior from Lebanon High School that has been attending the Allied Medical program for two years now. The curriculum in this program is designed to give the student basic skills they would need in a healthcare profession. This includes taking vital signs, anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, law and ethics associated with health care, and CPR and first aid skills. Everyday is very different in this class, while some days might focus on book work and notes; other days involve projects throughout the room including labs and medical simulation with the mannequins.
The program also functions as a chapter of the Future Health Professionals (HOSA), which students are encouraged to join. Every year HOSA runs a different national service project for which all the chapters run fund-raisers. There is also a state conference each year that members can attend where there are workshops and competitions. The offerings for competitive events are diverse, encompassing posters, videos, written tests, and skills events. Last year, I competed in Medical Terminology, a written test. I placed 1st in New Hampshire, qualifying me to compete in the national competition. In 2013 the national conference was in Nashville, Tennessee. It was quite an experience being in the south because I have lived in New England most of my life. HOSA is also meant to create opportunities for students to network with people from different areas in the state, or in the case of nationals, from all over the country. Conferences are usually full of social opportunities for people to meet each other and talk.
One of the best parts about being in the Allied Medical program is the placements available in various area healthcare facilities. I have been in the Emergency Department at Alice Peck Day and the OB/GYN Department at Dartmouth Hitchcock, following the midwife team. Right now, I have a paid position at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College as a lab assistant and also go the Birthing Center at APD. These placements have given me a good viewpoint on what I want to pursue as a career. They have helped me in knowing I want to become a Nurse-Midwife, which requires I acquire a bachelors degree in nursing and then a graduate education in midwifery.