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What is Journeys & Destinations? 

Journeys & Destinations is a day-long event, during which high school students spend time with health care professionals from a wide range of disciplines in a small group setting. Students learn about the career path, salary potential, and daily activities. In the past, Journeys & Destinations has featured presenters who are family physicians, athletic trainers, medical technologists, medical forensic scientists, veterinarians, pharmacists, occupational therapists, and more.

Journeys & Destinations is a great way for students to find their perfect fit among the many different careers in health care.

2023 - 2024 Journeys and Destinations Schedule

  • Girard Greenbush - October 25, 2023
  • Dodge City - October 25, 2023
  • Hays - November 1, 2023
  • Goodland - November 7, 2023
  • Wichita - April 12, 2024
  • Pittsburg - April 15, 2024
  • Lawrence Greenbush - April 24, 2024

*Registration forms will be available five weeks before each date and due by one week before the event.


  • 100 to 150 students attend.
  • 10 to 14 presenters.
  • Event runs from approximately 8:30 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.
  • One keynote speaker presents in the morning prior to breakout sessions.
  • Cost: $10 per student.
  • Schools will be limited in the number and grades of students that can attend.

If a school is not registered by the deadline, spots will be released to additional students from other schools.

For more information:

For more information about Journeys and Destinations, email Tina Goosz.

Frequently Asked Questions

AHEC staff works to provide a variety of professionals sourced from the local health care community.

School appropriate clothing is fine. We suggest jeans and school shirts. No pajamas or sweat pants. Please avoid holes in clothes. Closed toe shoes are suggested for safety.

The KU Area Health Education center coordinates this event as part of our outreach efforts in health career exploration.  This is NOT a recruitment activity for KU or KU Medical Center.

Transportation is not provided. This event is aimed towards school groups to attend and schools are required to provide their own transportation.

This event is geared towards school groups. Please consider sharing the event information with your school district to find the regional location that best suits them.

Lunch is provided at all Journeys & Destinations.  Some events will provide a small snack such as a granola bar to start the day but this can vary by regional location.

Community Engagement

University of Kansas Medical Center
KU Area Health Education Center
1501 S. Joplin
4th Floor, Shirk Hall
Pittsburg, KS 66762
Phone: 620-235-4040