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Patient Care Pathway at Estancia Prepares Students for Careers in the Medical Field
Posted 2/6/19

Newport-Mesa’s Estancia Medical Academy continues to be a leading pathway program

Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) Patient Care Pathway at Estancia High School, known as the Estancia Medical Academy (EMA), has found great success in preparing high school students for careers in the medical field by combining academic instruction with career technical education.

EMA utilizes leading-edge equipment and instruction from the finest industry professionals to prepare students for diverse health career opportunities available in the medical industry. The program began in 2011, since its inception NMUSD in partnership with Coastline Regional Occupational Program, has helped students kick start their careers and create a robust pipeline into the regional workforce.

Mr.  Hayato Yuuki, the EMA coordinator, and primary instructor brings 15 years of experience working in the medical field. In addition to teaching, Mr. Yuuki currently works as an emergency medical technician - paramedic (EMT-P) at UC Irvine Medical Center, as part of the trauma team. EMA provides students access to current industry experiences.  

“Not only is Mr. Yuuki teaching us from the book, but he is giving us real-life situations that he has been a part of. His experience in the medical field makes it that much better,” said Myles Witte, Estancia High School junior and EMA student. “Pursuing a career in medicine is something I can do to help people out, and it is such an honorable thing to be a part of.”

Students learn the ethical and legal responsibilities of the health care worker, safety, HIPAA, infection control, transporting duties, human anatomy and physiology, the function of body systems, advanced terminology, and vital signs including blood pressure, temperature, and heart rate.

The career technical education students are immersed in an interactive environment. Half of the classroom space is dedicated to lecture and the other half is equipped with the latest medical technology mirroring a hospital emergency room. Students gain hands-on knowledge in the simulation lab with equipment such as a Nursing Kelly, an advanced manikin that mimics actual medical symptoms, an electrocardiography monitor, medical gurneys and more. They also have the opportunity to complete a ride-along with a local fire department or job shadow a trauma team in a hospital emergency room, giving them real-life medical career knowledge.

“Being able to take EMA classes in high school prepared me for my emergency medical technician course and gave me a solid foundation for what I do,” said Jenny Gonzales, EMA graduate and emergency medical technician at Care Ambulance Service. “I always knew I wanted to be in public service and doing a ride-along with Mr. Yuuki solidified my decision to become an EMT.”

EMA courses include introduction to medical careers, medical terminology, emergency medical responders and the capstone class, sports medicine. Interested students may enroll in the program their sophomore year and complete the program in their senior year.

EMA students have the opportunity to join the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) as well, an organization specifically designed for future health professionals to develop leadership and technical skills through a program of motivation, awareness, and recognition, which are an integral part of the Health Science Education instructional program.

Every year HOSA students choose a medical category to compete in at the state level. Competitions include several rounds and consist of an online exam and practical skills test. If students successfully complete and pass all aspects of testing, they’re eligible for a variety of award recognitions. Since HOSA launched at Estancia in 2014 they have placed in the categories of clinical nursing, forensic science and medicine, dental terminology and more. This year’s competition will be in Sacramento on March 28 – 30, 2019.

For more information about the program, please visit the Estancia Medical Academy Website.