For: School Administrators, Students, Teachers

Resource Type(s): Career Awareness, Field Trip Destination

Grade Band: High School, Middle School

Subject(s): Engineering, Math, Science, Technology

The Division of Trauma and Critical Care at Howard University Hospital’s Trauma Center provides an opportunity for students to tour trauma center, shadow those with their respective professional interests, ask questions about their work (schooling, pros and cons, etc.), and have a first-hand experience with through a mock trauma code. Through ENGAGE, students are able to focus on events after violence has occurred. This program gives a visual to the students of what it means to be a trauma care provider or patient in the hospital – observing patients at each interval of care from initial contact to discharge and ultimately rehabilitation.

The program has been designed to focus on two types of students ages 12 to 19:

  • The At-Risk Student – These students have been identified by the school (resource officer, teachers, guidance counselors, etc.) to have potential patterns of violence, or have family members suffering substance abuse.
  • The Career-Driven Student – These students have an interest in a health career and would like to shadow a healthcare professional in the acute care setting.

ENGAGE can also be tailored for a younger audience (ages 8 to 11) as well, with focus on seeing the hospital as a place of healing and not a place to fear. Each focus will ultimately impact personal decision-making of those who participate.

If interested, please provide three possible dates (Tuesday to Friday preferred). Groups of up to 15 people can be accommodated. Interested parties should contact Cristol Primas at to make arrangements.

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