Professionals help health career students to develop

HARLINGEN — Montrell Johnson has never forgotten the presentation delivered by a neurosurgeon last year.

Montrell, a freshman at the Harlingen School of Health Professions, hadn’t yet decided what field of medicine he wanted to pursue. Dr. Michael Rabin’s presentation last year about his work as a brain surgeon settled that question.

“He inspired me to accept my goal,” said Montrell, 14. “When I grow up, I want to be a neurosurgeon as well.”

Rabin, of Chicago, is one of many physicians who have given presentations each Thursday since the $13.9 million school opened in 2014 at 2302 N. 21 St. Presentations by physicians about their specialty have helped students, administrators and teachers remain aware of the realities of the medical professions.

A 13-member HSHP Advisory Committee has worked with the school since its inception to help develop the school’s curriculum for the Harlingen school district. The Advisory Committee includes Dr. Frank Fernandez, founding dean of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine. Manny Vela, president and CEO of Valley Baptist Health System, also sits on the committee.

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