Student club works closely with hospital

ENCINITAS — More than 60 students, community members and health care specialists attended the Young Leader in Health Care (YLHC) club’s final meeting of the school year for the student presentations on Sports Injuries and Prevention.
The YLHC club is one of Scripps Hospital Encinitas’ outreach programs for local high school students interested in exploring careers in health care.  
Directed by Dr. Andrew Accardi, in partnership with Scripps Center for Learning  & Innovation, the program involves high school students from San Dieguito Academy in Encinitas, along with High Tech High School, La Costa Canyon High School and Carlsbad High School, all in Carlsbad.
Carlsbad High students wearing T-shirts with the message “The mind is a terrible thing to waste — Wear a helmet,” reported on the causes, signs and symptoms of head trauma and concussions.
La Costa Canyon students presented on orthopedic injuries and rehabilitation.
San Dieguito Academy students shared a presentation on the dangers of sports-enhancing drugs; with and High Tech High presenting on cardiac safety and automatic external defibrillators.
Brent Eastman, distinguished chair of the Regents American College of Surgeons and chief medical officer of Scripps Health gave the keynote address for the evening, providing a dramatic presentation of “Scripps Health in Haiti,” where he was among a team of Scripps healthcare specialists responding to the aftermath of Haiti’s earthquake in January 2010.
Eastman, Director of Nursing Jan Zachary and Director of Business Development Jason Cook were the judges for the student presentations.
The club’s next meeting will be in October at Scripps Hospital Encinitas.

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