Off-Campus Field Trip

Provider: Sarasota Memorial Health Care System

Contact: Lori Gentile

Starting cost per student: $0

Additional Info:

Max. Capacity: 25

Transportation Needed?  Yes

Who Arranges Transportation? Other (see description)

Is Financial Assistance Offered?  No


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 “Interested in exploring fast-growing, high-paying medical careers?!”

If you would like to make a difference in someone else’s life, the health care field is the most rewarding career! Interested in exploring fast-growing, high-paying careers like radiologist or physical therapist/occupational therapist, or just looking to explore? The Sarasota Memorial Health Care System invites you to a brief tour followed by one and a half hours of interactive career explorations in the areas of nursing, physical therapy/occupational therapy, and radiology. See first-hand demonstrations from the department experts as per the following three rotations:


Rotation one (30 minute rotation): Nursing/Simulation

  1. Careers include: Nurses; Nurse Educators
  2. Hands-on interactive activities involve simulation using CPR, hands-on interactive activities involving compression-only CPR to adults and infant mannequins.

Rotation two (30 minute rotation):  Radiology.

  1. Careers include: Radiologist Technologist; Ultrasound Technician;  MRI or CTI Technician
  2. Hands-on interactive activities involve lead jackets, show and tell about MRI scans, differentiating between normal and abnormal brain and normal or abnormal X-Ray results.
  3. Learn how to interact with patients.

Rotation three: (30 minute rotation): Physical/Occupational therapy.

  1. Careers include: Physical Therapist; Physical Therapy Assistant; Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapy Assistant
  2. Hands-on interactive activities involve wheel chair mobility simulations and Activity of Daily Living (ADL) training

McIntosh students who participated in the SMH Exploration were later asked to display what they learned about careers by creating advertisements for the hospital as an assignment. Click on these two links to view just two of the many creations produced:

Video #1

Video #2


Field trips provide active learning that reinforces classroom experiences; exposes students to real-world workplace environments; and allows explorations of career options. Experiential field trips give students knowledge of their interest and career aspirations, and how they see the world ( Relevance is a key! Understanding the connections between what is being taught and career aspirations are essential to both increased student achievement as well as to the development of a trained community-based workforce. For example, when physics is discussed in terms of blood flow to the heart (radiology/cardiology) or in reference to the leverage needed to manipulate joints (physical therapy) to middle school students (and potential aspiring young health care workers), then two things happen. First, those students understand the need to register for upper level science courses in high school; and, the need for high demand professions may be filled. When teachers, students, and parents can assess meaningful connections and transfer that knowledge from class to real world, everyone benefits.

THE EDUCATION FOUNDATION OF SARASOTA COUNTY is serving as the coordinating organization for the EdExploreSRQ Interactive (or Experiential) Career Series. 


SC.68.CS-PC. 2.6, SC.68.CS-PC 2.8, SC.68.CS-PC 1.1, LAFS.68.RH.1.2, LAFS.68.RST.3.9, MAFS.K12.MP.3, MAFS.K12.MP.1.1, SS.8.FL.1, CIP.0614130100, Program #: 8401100

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