Funded through our partnership with the Quantum Foundation, our Healthcare and Science Stars of Tomorrow Career Symposium is an annual event that attracts more than 600 diverse students from more than 25 schools in Palm Beach, Okeechobee, and Martin Counties.

As part of our efforts to promote science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) programming in our community, we created the Symposium for students to come together with numerous healthcare professionals and academic institution representatives and explore career development through lectures, exhibits, live demonstrations, and multimedia sources. Attracting young people from traditionally underrepresented populations to STEAM careers is critical to closing the achievement gap and eradicating the disparity in academic performance between disadvantaged and privileged students.

During the event, students participate in organized rotations and information sessions that allow them to gain insight from professionals on pursuing careers in various fields in healthcare and the sciences. Participating professionals include pharmacists, physicians, nurses, nuclear medicine technologists, respiratory therapists, anesthesia assistants, epidemiologists, and biologists.

The Symposium typically features dozens of exhibitors from Keiser University, Max Planck Florida Institute of Neuroscience, Palm Beach State College, Nova Southeastern University, Kindred Hospital, Palms West Hospital, The Scripps Research Institute, and other organizations.

In the past, we have also featured keynote speakers, such as Dr. Cato Laurencin, MD, PhD, former Dean and Vice President of the University of Connecticut Health Science Center/School of Medicine.

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