Students gather at ECU, discuss future in healthcare careers

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Future leaders of the health care industry are spending the weekend at ECU.

The Future Leaders in Healthcare Conference gives students a chance to learn about medical careers, as part of an initiative to recruit and retain local talent.

“I want to be an orthopedic surgeon,” said Tyannah Britt, a 10th grader at South Central High School. “Not because of the money, I want to be an orthopedic surgeon because I want to help people.”

For her, service is a way of life.

“It gives you an opportunity to learn [about] new people and go out and be more outgoing and friendly and have a chance to just go out in your environment and go out and see different cultures and learn different things about other people,” she said, adding that the health field requires special people. “You have to have the personality and the heart to actually go into the medical field. You can’t be rude and go into the medical field thinking every thing’s going to be okay.”

“Most people in the health field love their job and do it for a reason,” agreed Kayla Wallace, an 11th grader at JH Rose High School. “They’re not doing it for the money. For some reason, people in the health care field have a strong feeling toward that career that they chose.”

A goal of the conference is to attract future health care leaders to the east.

“A lot of the healthcare force is aging out or retiring and healthcare is getting very challenging these days. So it’s very important to keep infusing new energy and young people into health care,” explained Dawn Morriston, an organizer of the event.

The future leaders are focused and ready to make a difference.

“You want to be in a career where you’re actually comfortable,” said Britt. “And not surrounded in uncomfortable and in a profession where you just want the money.”

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