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Student Spotlight: Austin Smith

Where did you attend/or currently are attending school? (high school, university, etc)

Platteville High School

What would you like to do in healthcare?

  • What area of health care are you interested in: Physician/ surgery

  • What undergrad program are you interested in: UW-Madison's degree of Pharmacology and Toxicology

  • Graduate school: UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public health or Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

What was your first AHEC experience?

Southern Health Careers Camp, July 2015

What was your favorite or most useful experience from the health careers camp?​

The cadaver lab was my favorite experience, but I also learned a lot from the job shadows.

What other AHEC programming have you utilized or plan to participate in?​

I'm very interested in the AHEC Connect program along with the La Crosse Camp. I am also looking forward to trying to work with AHEC's Laura Pettersen to try integrate AHEC into schools in my area.

What advice would you give to younger students starting to navigate their future in a health care career?

Keep positive and DON'T give up. It's a long road ahead but you can do it!

Also try to get into as many health care oriented programs as possible to make sure that's what you want to do. Because you don't want to make the "Million Dollar Mistake" by starting a program in college, Med School ect. And finding out that's not what you want to do!

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