- Rockwood School District
Marquette High MedTalks Event Returns to In-Person Format on Feb. 4
The Marquette High chapter of the HOSA – Future Health Professionals club is hosting its fifth annual MedTalks Medical Careers Conference from 9 a.m-2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4, in the Marquette theater.
The event is an opportunity for students and other members of the Rockwood community to hear from health care professionals in fields such as anesthesiology, pediatric intensive care, neurology, cardiology, infectious diseases and biotechnology, as well as a medical school student panel.
After being presented in a virtual format for the past two years, MedTalks is returning to an in-person program this year, during which attendees can ask questions and interact with the presenters.
“The med field is very vast, and it’s growing,” said senior Aditya Gunturu, one of Marquette HOSA’s four MedTalks coordinators. “When people are looking for things to do after high school, it can be challenging to find a specific field they want to go into. It really helps to have someone come in and talk to them who has had all these experiences.”
Tickets to the event cost $7.50, and every ticket sold supports HOSA’s service partner Be the Match, the national bone marrow donor program.
Gunturu, fellow senior Cassie Sun, junior Henna Soneta and sophomore Anish Pasupuleti have served as this year’s MedTalks coordinators, working with Marquette HOSA sponsor and science teacher Lisa Del Pizzo to return the event to an in-person setting.
The students have coordinated with this year’s presenters, secured volunteers to fill various roles during the event and promoted it to the community.
“A lot of it is based on what HOSA members want to see,” Sun said. “Last year, we sent out an interest form about which health care fields people would be most interested in going into and got some responses about pediatrics, so we have a pediatric ICU nurse coming to speak, which will be interesting for a lot of people. It’s been nice to continue this tradition of hosting it every year, organizing it and reaching out to local health care professionals.”
Pasupuleti said emailing professionals to learn more about specific health care fields has been a valuable way of receiving firsthand information as he weighs his future, and MedTalks can serve as an extension of that for he and other students in attendance.
“It’s important for the community to understand what other people have gone through or experienced,” Soneta said. “They have so much knowledge about it, if we learn from the people who have experienced all of this, it’s important to make our decisions based on those experiences and thoughts.”