With more and more baby boomers reaching the age of retirement the demand for qualified medical personnel in hospitals, private practices and colleges around the country continues to grow.
In an effort to give students a head start in the highly competitive world of medicine, Yosemite High School hired Cari Rumohr to teach the schools newly developed athletic training and sports medicine classes.
Rumohr, a 1987 graduate of Yosemite High, said she was first introduced to the field of athletic training during her senior year of high school, “and loved it,” Rumohr said.
After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Physical Education, with an emphasis in Allied Careers, from Fresno State University Rumohr went on to become an athletic trainer at Fresno High, Central High and Yosemite High. Rumohr then received her teaching degree in 1998 before taking several years off to home school her four children.
Now Rumohr is back, rehired in 2013 to teach athletic training and sports medicine to Yosemite High’s aspiring young adults who hope to make their impact on society through the world of medicine.
An athletic training course, which saw its first class of students in 2013, was created following the school’s decision to develop a new Regional Occupational Program to prepare students for career and college readiness. The school-wide survey, put together by Dena Boortz, focused on the interests of students on campus, and what programs they determined to be most interesting.
“We are trying to find out what career pathways students are interested in,” Boortz said.
The class started with just 15 students but has since doubled in size to more than 25 in just less than two years. Out of those students more than half said they plan to pursue a career in the medical field directly out of high school.
Rumohr believes the increase in class size is a clear indication of the interest students have in athletic training and the field of sports medicine.
“Last year this class had 15 and this year it has 27, so I believe the interest is there,” Rumohr said.
Hiring Rumohr to teach the class not only provides a highly qualified instructor to teach students, but also gives the school access to a full-time certified athletic trainer for after school activities.
The elective course teaches students medical basics in taping, first aid, rehab, prevention of injuries, and anatomy among other things. The course requires students put in at least five hours a week of after school work which can include being on-call at high school sporting events to assist with sports related injuries.
When present at sporting events students mostly deal with, but are not limited to, shoulder injuries, ankle injuries as well as concussions (football). In just a few short years students have been exposed to dislocations, fibula fractures, forearm fractures, elbow dislocations and ACL tears which required surgery for repair.
Rumohr said the real-life exposure gives students irreplaceable experience and increases their in-field knowledge of how to react and maintain a since of professionalism while tending to injuries.
The program was split in to two classes - sports medicine and athletic training - each being offered on a rotating yearly basis. Rumohr said this acts as a refresher for students who have taken the previous class and makes much of what they discuss in class become second nature.
Yosemite High senior Tara Neill is in her second year with the program and plans to attend San Francisco State University’s School of Medicine in hopes of becoming a doctor.
For now, Neill remains involved in dancing and said the athletic training/sports medicine programs have given her the know-how to help with ankle and leg related injuries that are common for dancers.
“I am a dancer and we deal with a lot of injuries so I wanted to be able to help them with their injuries,” Neill said.
Neill went on to say she feels the class is a must for anyone thinking of entering the medical field.
“If anyone is looking to pursue a career in medicine this is definitely a class they should consider.”
Neill’s senior classmate, Madison Kollenborn hopes to become a neurosurgeon and has already been exposed to serious injuries such as compression breaks. Kollenborn said she is glad the class was offered as a way to give her a head start in the medical field.
“It’s like a modified medical class that focuses on learning a little bit of everything,” Kollenborn said.
Students who have taken the course all spoke highly of Rumohr and called her a teacher who cares. Kollenborn said of Rumohr, she is an incredibly patient and talented teacher who focuses on the importance of proper diagnosis and technique.
“Cari is like second Mom and is so amazing. I could not have made it through the last two years if it wants for her,” Kollenborn said. “She is truly an amazing teacher and mentor.”