Health professions are among the fastest growing segments of the labor market, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. At the Arizona University of Health Sciences, students will soon be able to take advantage of expanding employment opportunities and meet the growing demand for trained healthcare professionals with a new Bachelor of Science in Medicine program offered by the Tucson College of Medicine.
“This is really about expanding the options available to students to earn a degree in health-related professions, including medicine,” said Kevin Moynahan, MD, FACP, professor of medicine and associate dean of education at UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson. “We see this as a new opportunity for students to get involved in the healthcare profession at an earlier stage and to learn some of the options firsthand while they are in the undergraduate cycle.
As an increasingly aging population places more and more demands on health systems and services, the need for well-trained health professionals is growing rapidly, with employment growth projections exceeding 30% over the course of the year. over the next 10 to 20 years. A Bachelor of Medicine is designed to prepare students for in-demand careers in healthcare support positions and to pursue other healthcare-related careers, such as medical administration, biomedical engineering, or technology. medical. Graduates will also be ready to continue their education in graduate programs such as medicine, nursing, physiotherapy and occupational therapy, and pharmacy, for example.
Students in the four-year undergraduate program will acquire medical humanities knowledge and clinical reasoning skills in four priority areas: medical technology; basic medical sciences; medicine and society; and integrative and practice-centered medicine.
“This new degree will provide students with training not only as practicing physicians in medicine, but also people who work in the medical field and do things other than practicing medicine,” said Todd Vanderah, PhD, head of the pharmacology department at the Tucson medical school. “One of the biggest advantages of this degree is that it will give students a better idea of what they may want to do in the medical field.”
Classes in traditional sciences – advanced anatomical, biochemical, neurological and physiological sciences, disease pathology, treatment mechanisms and integrative therapies – will be combined with applied topics, such as what it means to be a health care provider, analysis of clinical cases, healthcare delivery to improve the quality of care and practical experience through simulation and clinical experiences.
In one of the new courses being developed, students will examine 10 different clinical cases from the perspective of 10 different healthcare professionals, such as a doctor, nurse, pharmacist, social worker, or occupational therapist. . This course and others are designed to expose students to a wide range of health professions.
“Each session will have a specialist from these different fields to speak and lead this group, and students will approach each case in a different discipline,” said Dr Vanderah. “This program of study will give students an idea of what it is like to practice medicine while offering many other avenues in the field of health care.”
Additionally, the Bachelor of Science in Medicine program offers elective courses for further study in areas such as biomedical engineering, bioinformatics, emergency medicine, aging in medicine, medical ethics, medicine. integrative, the history of medicine and climate change as a factor in medical care. .
The Bachelor of Science in Medicine will be available as a major from fall 2021.