For the second straight year, the Marquette High
chapter of the HOSA Future Health Professionals organization is hosting a "MedTalks" seminar event featuring local medical and health professionals.
The event will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 29, at the Marquette High School Theater. Marquette HOSA is bringing in local physicians to present on topics such as cardiology, anesthesiology, infectious disease, neurology and Alzheimer's disease, and pediatric hematology and oncology. The event also features a medical school student panel and a segment in which a heart transplant recipient will share her experiences.
Junior Rincon Jagarlamudi, one of Marquette HOSA's co-presidents, said tickets to seminars such as this often cost attendees hundreds of dollars. Admission for the Feb. 29 event is $5.
"This year, we hope that people from other schools and more people from the community will attend, in addition to Marquette students and the Marquette community," said senior Bhavya Perma, also co-president of the club.
All proceeds from the event will go the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation (NPCF). Club members are also collecting direct donations in addition to ticket sales.
Junior Sneha Chandra, one of Marquette HOSA's MedTalks coordinators, said the group hopes to raise more than $1,000 for the cause.
"The event a good way to let the community know about what these professionals do each day and the path they took to get there," said junior Amanda Eshelman, the other MedTalks coordinator. "It's a great way for us, as high school students, to see these professionals more candidly. It lets us see the research they're doing."
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