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Health Science Institute

Sharing the World of Medicine with High-Achieving Students

Deaconess Hospital is proud to support the Health Science Institute. This two-week long program allows high school students to experience medical careers first hand, thereby helping them make informed career decisions in the future. The Health Science Institute is co-sponsored by the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation (EVSC).

General Information

Staff - Institute staff consists of certified teachers, health care professionals and/or Health Science Institute alumni.

School Credit - Students earn one semester of high school credit in Advanced Applied Science for satisfactorily completing the Institute. To receive this credit, students must complete the course requirements (as outlined in the syllabus) and present a portfolio and oral presentation of their experiences.

Housing - Housing is in dormitory-type rooms in the Health Sciences Building on the Deaconess campus.

Transportation - All transportation is provided. No personal vehicles are allowed.

Policies - Students are expected to follow all policies and rules of EVSC and Deaconess Hospital. Regulatory requirements include a tuberculosis test or chest x-ray within the past 12 months and proof of immunization for measles/mumps/rubella (MMR). For the protection of the students, vaccination for hepatitis B is strongly recommended.

Recreation - While the days and evenings are filled with lectures, field trips, hands-on activities, demonstrations and clinical observations, there is time for recreation and relaxation with fellow students. Planned activities include pizza parties and educational field trips.

Selection Criteria

High school students from Vanderburgh or contiguous Indiana counties are chosen to participate. Students are selected based on the following:
 

  • Student must be a current high school sophomore or junior in the Indiana counties of Gibson, Posey, Vanderburgh or Warrick.
  • Student must be a high-achieving science student and have a science teacher’s online evaluation (to be sent directly to the teacher).
  • Student must have completed a minimum of one year of high school biology or honors physics.
  • Student must have a minimum 3.3 grade point average.
  • Student must submit a typed essay of at least 300 words naming any health care field of interest and their personal expectations of the institute.
  • Qualified students will receive an interview February 14–15, or possibly February 21–22, 2015. (Subject to change based on weather conditions). Click for interview tips.
  • Student must submit an up-to-date high school academic transcript.
  • All applications are completed online and should be submitted at the same time as the transcript and essay. Click for application.

Institute Fee and Associated Costs

The tuition fee for the Institute is $700. The fee includes:

  • Lodging and all meals
  • Lab materials, publications, notebooks and handouts
  • Recognition dinner with 2 guests
  • All costs of field trips
  • Group photo
  • Lab coat

Each student will be responsible for personal expenses such as snacks, etc.

Tuition assistance is available based on an objective financial need. Additionally, the Deaconess School of Nursing Alumni will provide one-half tuition assistance for up to five descendants/relatives of Deaconess School of Nursing graduates.

A Typical Institute Day

Mornings    
6:00 - 7:00 a.m.   Wake up and dress for the day's activities
7:00 - 11:30 a.m.  

Breakfast; health care presentations from physicians
and staff in emergency medicine, oncology, surgery,
pediatrics and other health care professions (physical
medicine, nursing, pharmacy, etc.)

11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.   Lunch; health care presentations
1:15 - 4:45 p.m.  

On-site visits to departments and units at:
- Deaconess Hospital
- Deaconess Gateway Hospital
- The Women’s Hospital
- HealthSouth Deaconess Rehabilitation Hospital
- Deaconess Cross Pointe
- Deaconess Chancellor Center for Oncology
- USI Pott College of Science & Engineering
- USI Medical School-Evansville Center
- Vanderburgh County Cornoner’s Office

5:00 - 6:30 p.m.   Dinner; health care presentations
6:45 - 9:30 p.m.  

On-site clinical observations on nursing units, radiology, laboratory, emergency room, etc.

9:30 - 10:00p.m.   Snacks and reflection; participants and staff share the day's experiences and prepare for the next day's activities
10:00 - 10:30 p.m.   Students in their rooms organizing notebooks, preparing for the next day, and sleeping
10:30 p.m.   Lights out

 

Field Trips

Out-of-town field trips occur at the end of week one and include:

  • Purdue University: pharmacy and veterinary medicine, Envision Center
  • Indiana University School of Medicine: pharmacology and toxicology
  • Riley Hospital for Children: tour and presentations from physicians
  • Eskenazi Health Complex: burn unit and level I trauma center

 

Comments from Former HSI Students


“The Health Science Institute taught me about compassion toward others—a way to link science with humanity. It also taught me discipline; for two weeks you have the life of a doctor or nurse, which is something you don’t get to see every day.”

- Katie Clark, 2002 HSI alumna, 2003 graduate of Reitz High School, respiratory therapy graduate of USI

“The Health Science Institute gave me the wonderful opportunity to explore my interests in pharmacy as well as in many other health professions. I learned
about virtually every part of the hospital so that I could view the medical field first-hand, whether it be working through watching a surgery or shadowing a
nurse. HSI changed my life and the way I look at the medical field.”

- Kyle Zoll, 2006 HSI alumnus, 2007 HSI-2 alumnus, 2008 graduate of North High School; student at University of Evansville

“Being part of the Health Science Institute really helped me decide that being a nurse was what I was meant to do. I got to experience so many things that I otherwise wouldn’t have gotten to do. It was great to know that I was heading into a profession that I would like before I went through four years of college to figure it out.”

- Laura (Clutter) Steiner, 2004 HSI alumna, 2005 Wood Memorial High School graduate, nursing graduate of University of Southern Indiana and nurse at Deaconess Hospital.

“HSI was one of the best experiences of my life. Not only did I get to shadow health care professionals, but I was also able to hear lectures from some of Evansville’s top physicians. It confirmed my career path and gave me a passion for medicine.”

- Dr. Johnna Kern, 2005 HSI alumna, 2006 HSI-2 alumna, 2006 home-school graduate, B/MD graduate of University of Southern Indiana and internal medicine resident in Dayton, Ohio.

“I thought medicine was for me before HSI, and it removed all doubt. Seven years removed and with countless other health experiences under my belt, including serving as a medical intern in our nation’s capital, I find myself relating every opportunity back to my time in HSI. For students interested in health care, you will do yourself a disservice by not spending time with the wonderful doctors, counselors and teachers at HSI–the premiere pre-health care experience.”

- Ryan Moog, 2003 HSI alumnus, 2004 HSI-2 alumnus, 2005 graduate of North High School, biology/chemistry major at Butler University, intern at So Others Might Eat medical clinic in Washington, DC, Healthcare IT Solution Designer with the Cerner Corporation in Kansas City, Missouri


Contact Information

If you have questions, please contact:

Ms. Rachel Ordower, HSI Coordinator & FJ Reitz High School Science Teacher at 812-217-9196
Karen Peake, Deaconess Patient Experience Officer at 812-450-7434 or send an email Send an email message .