"UPHCSA, specifically the simulation games, helped me realize that all patients I come in contact with will not necessarily speak English. There will be ways to get around the language barrier, but it will not be the same. Since UPHCSA I have been thinking about the importance of learning a new language so that I can communicate with my future patients. Shortly after I returned from the program, I was offered a job at the physical therapy office where I previously volunteered. An interaction with a patient who spoke Italian has reinforced the motivation found at UPHCSA to learn a new language. Thank you for everything during the program. I really am a changed person after those intense four weeks."
"This program prepared me to further my education, and inspired me to want to learn more, to continue saving lives in a more and more educated fashion. I appreciate the opportunities to make decisions on our own, learning maturity and time management."
"The program prompted me to be open-minded and consider everything I was exposed to during the 4 weeks."
"I enjoyed absorbing all of this new material and I feel that I have learned a lot and furthered my knowledge about many different topics. I came to understand so many new things, and I now have a lot of new interests. UPHCSA as further prepared me for my college education, and I am excited to take my newfound knowledge into a different setting. UPHCSA was academically sound and socially interactive."
“I want to personally thank you for giving me the opportunity to be a part of the University of Pittsburgh Health Careers Scholars Academy! This UPHCSA program was one of the best experiences I have been a part of. Meeting new friends and learning about the myriad of health care careers was eye opening for me. I had such a wonderful time getting to know what a dentist, physical therapist, physician assistant, or a nurse does to name a few. This experience helped me find out that health care is the right career for me. Without this program, I would not feel as confident in choosing my career path in the health care field. “
“Now that UPHCSA is over and everyone is safely home, I just wanted to say thank you. I’ve never attended a program like UPHCSA and the closing ceremony showed it. I’ve never gotten so attached to a group of people that I cry when it’s over. I know everyone else feels the same way from the emails, texts, and messages I’ve been getting. Anyways, I just wanted to thank you for providing us with this opportunity. Everyone appreciated it more than we expressed it and I hope that you know how much we appreciated your efforts. UPHCSA has definitely changed me as a person. My parents have said that I seem more mature and responsible, but at the same time, smile and laugh more. That is what UPHCSA has done for me. I can now look back and say that this has been the best summer of my life yet and I’ve made more friends here than I have in a lifetime. It’s been an incredible experience and I cannot express in words, how grateful I am for this opportunity. I’m sad to say goodbye to everyone, but I’ve made a hundred new lifetime friends and found a hundred new teachers. Thank you for your superior efforts to run this program. They have made all the difference to students and their families. So, thank you for showing me just how much I want a future in healthcare.”