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Teacher Externship Day at KU Med

Teacher Externship Day at KU Med is a one-day experience (3-4 times per year) in which health science teachers can experience health career programs at KU Medical Center.

What is Teacher Externship Day at KU Med?

The Teacher Externship Day at KU Med is a one-day event offered 3-4 times per year at no cost for Kansas health science teachers to gain first-hand experience with health career programs at KU Medical Center and the University of Kansas Health Systems in Kansas City, Kan.

As of Spring 2024, we are also looking into offering continuing education credits for sessions that can apply towards various health care licensures. If you have a need or are interested in this option, please email Tina Goosz-Garetson with your credit needs so we can try to accommodate those.

Image link to summer teacher externship 2023 photo album

Our Goals

The goals of the Teacher Externship Day at KU Med are:

  • Increase understanding of the academic preparation, admission requirements, and selection procedures for health professions programs
  • Increase effective transmission of relevant information from post-secondary health professions programs and the healthcare industry to the secondary health science classroom
  • Provide health science teachers contact with current students in health professions programs
  • Develop relationships with Kansas State Department of Education, KU Medical Center, the Area Health Education Centers and Kansas high schools

Externship Activities

The Teacher Externship Day at KU Med provides hands-on educational activities in various departments across the KU Medical Center Campus. Activities from previous years have included:

2024/2025 Schedule

While labeled numerically, these events are stand alone and can be attended individually.

  • November 19, 2024 (Registration Due November 1)
  • February 12, 2025 (Registration Due January 23)
  • May 1, 2025 (Registration Due April 15)
  • June 4, 2025 (Registration Due May 16)

Inclement Weather Policy: If University of Kansas Medical Center, University of Kansas, or Pittsburg State University (AHEC office location) close campus or cancel classes for the day then the tour will be cancelled.


The KU Medical Center Area Health Education Center developed the Teacher Externship Day at KU Med to provide an opportunity for health career cluster teachers to obtain continuing education hours in accordance with the Kansas State Department of Education's approval process for implementation or continuation of the Health Science Career Pathway/Cluster curriculum.


For More Information

For more information about the Summer Teacher Externship, please email Tina Goosz-Garetson  or call 620-235-4040.

    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