Hands-On Healthcare

Hands-On Healthcare is open to high school and college students, community members, and Memorial employees who are interested in learning more about healthcare careers.  Sessions occur monthly in partnership with SIU School of Medicine and are designed to allow participants the opportunity to engage with current healthcare professionals in interactive settings.

Each session will take participants through various stations in a specific healthcare field to get a better feel for the responsibilities associated with each department, as well as the education and training needed for that particular career.

Program Details

Interested parties may attend as many sessions as they wish at no cost, and may register online.  Registrations accepted on first-come, first-served basis, as participation is limited to 40 individuals per session.  Once participants complete the registration process, they will receive a confirmation email containing additional information, including documents they (and a parent or legal guardian if the participant is under the age of 18) will need to print, sign, and bring with them to the session.  Individuals who participate in multiple sessions need only to complete the supporting documents one time.

Each monthly session will begin and end promptly at the start time and end time listed in the schedule.  Sessions will rotate locations depending upon topic, and participants are responsible for their own transportation.

2018 Hands-On Healthcare Sessions

Medical Imaging

Participants will learn about: diagnostic radiology, CT, ultrasound, molecular imaging, and how medical imaging is used to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions present in patients.  Participants will also learn about multiple career opportunities within medical imaging and the required education and training required for each role.

Upcoming session dates: 07/12/2018 from 6-8p.m. or 10/08/2018 from 6-8p.m. (Same content presented at each session date.)

Rehabilitation Services

Participants will learn about differences between physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy, including various practice areas available in each profession and career options as a therapist versus a therapy assistant.  Participants will develop an understanding of the pre-requisites, educational programs and licensure requirements of each discipline by participating in hands-on activities with current clinicians.

Upcoming session dates: 06/07/18 from 6-8p.m. or 12/06/2018 6-8p.m. (Same content presented at each session date.)


Participants will take part in simulations to understand the vital role nurses play in healthcare settings, including emergency medicine, maternity, cardiac and medical-surgical nursing.  Participants will also learn about the various education pathways for entry into nursing practice, including undergraduate and graduate options.

Upcoming session dates: 04/02/2018 from 2-4:00p.m. or 08/20/2018 from 6-8p.m. (Same content presented at each session date.)

Medical Education

Participants will gain an understanding of the training needed to become a practicing physician, including undergraduate education, medical school, and residency training.  Session will include presentations from current physicians at SIU School of Medicine, panel discussions with current medical students, and interactive stations to introduce participants to some of the common procedures performed during a doctor’s appointment.

Upcoming session dates: 05/03/2018 from 6-8p.m. or 11/15/18 6-8p.m. (Same content presented at each session date.)


Participants will engage in interactive stations to learn about the important role laboratory professionals play in patient care and diagnosis.  Participants will learn how fluids are tested, plating and culturing specimens, phlebotomy, and how laboratory professionals utilize microscopes in their work.

Upcoming session dates: 09/13/2018 from 6-8:00pm

Perioperative Services

Participants will take part in a mock gallbladder procedure, learn how to use common surgical instruments and visit the J. Roland Folse, MD Surgical Skills Center inside of the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation.

Upcoming Session Dates: 02/08/2018 from 6-8p.m.


Participants will learn about various roles within the pharmacy, including pharmacy technicians, pharmacists and leaders.  Participants will learn about how pharmacy professionals prepare and distribute medications in a hospital setting, monitor patients for appropriate drug therapy, and how technology is incorporated into the work of pharmacy professionals.

Upcoming session dates: 03/05/2018 from 2-4p.m. or 07/23/2018 2-4p.m. (Same content presented at each session date.)

Registration for each event will open approximately 30 days before the session takes place.

Register Now! 

Once registration for each session is full, interested parties can choose to be added to the waitlist for the session.   In the event we are able to offer you a space for the session, we will contact you via email.


For more information on Hands-On Healthcare, please give us a call at 217-588-6254.

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