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Meet Our Douglas County Pre-Health Advisors

Rose Zoellner - Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Area Health Education Center of Southwest Oregon (AHECSW) recently hired two pre-health professional advisers to over see our Douglas County Bright Works Oregon Healthcare Team Summer Leadership Program. Both advisers recently graduated college and have plans to pursue graduate level education for their desired healthcare professions. This summer they will be mentoring and training students on skills that are pertinent to the healthcare workforce along with some educational trips and hands-on opportunities such as anatomy lessons paired with dissection, suturing, learning basic vitals, and getting students CPR certified. Our center is thrilled to have them on board for the summer, please continue to read on to learn a little more about Jason Duval and Lucas Short. 

Jason Duval is a fourth year honors undergraduate student at Oregon State University majoring in Biology and minoring in Chemistry. He holds a 3.78 cumulative GPA and is extremely active in his community through his volunteer work at his local Habitat for Humanity, Humane Society, and Jackson Street Youth Shelter. Jason has proven his passion for medicine through volunteering at Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg throughout three years of high school, attending career days annually held at OSU, volunteering for blood drives, shadowing physicians, and participating in events put on by the Bioethics Society. He is currently working on his Honors Thesis covering the different aspects of interactions between patients who are terminally ill and their primary physicians. Some of his favorite subjects in college include anatomy and organic chemistry. He is also in strong support of living a healthy lifestyle and remains active by competing in several long-distance cross country races with his team Run Portland in the fall and running off season in his free time. 

Lucas Short is a University of Oregon graduate who received degrees in both Biology and Anatomy and Physiology. Lucas intends to apply to a MD, DO, or PA program within the state of Oregon in the coming year. Presently, Lucas is completing a phlebotomy certification program at Umpqua Community College and is working with the Area Health Education Center of Southwest Oregon.  Lucas hopes that the opportunities afforded by his completion of the phlebotomy program and his work with AHEC will give him experience in both a clinical and community health settings. His goals this summer will be to create a positive experience for the youth he works with and to help them complete an informative project for their community. 

AHECSW is thrilled to have Jason and Lucas join our team and our high school students are equally appreciative! Welcome Jason and Lucas, thank you for your commitment to working in healthcare field and mentoring rural students. 

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