Students explore medical school at CampMed PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 22 June 2013 08:13
TOLEDO - Teenagers today and potential physicians tomorrow learned the tools of the trade and practiced their clinical skills at the 16th annual CampMed program at the University of Toledo.
The two-day program was held Thursday and Friday on the UT Health Science Campus.
Three Wood County students participated: Michaela Urban and James Vera, both of Bowling Green High School, and Brianna Martinez, Northwood High School.
The 36 Northwest Ohio participants who will be freshmen next year got a taste of medical school for two days, participating in hands-on lessons making wrist casts and suturing wounds, as well as taking tours of Life Flight helicopters and Mobile ICU vehicles.
CampMed is a scholarship program at no cost to the students, most of whom are first generation-college, minority, rural and from other underrepresented groups.
"It's imperative to reach out to young people early to nurture their interests in science and discovery. Their dreams for the future, which for some might include becoming a doctor, are attainable and we want to show them there are people who want to help," said Kathy Vasquez, director of the UT and Ohio Area Health Education Center programs and UT's associate vice president for government relations.
"CampMed gives students the opportunity to learn first-hand what it's like to be in the medical field before they even start high school. The participants really enjoy learning from current students in the UT College of Medicine and Life Sciences."
The camp is sponsored by the UT AHEC program, which along with other programs throughout the country, strives to improve the health of individuals and communities by developing the healthcare workforce.
UT medical students serve as camp counselors and the students also interacted with physicians and professors.
The students began Thursday with a "Tools of the Trade" session where they learned to use medical instruments like blood pressure cuffs and stethoscopes.
Lessons continued for two days learning CSI-style forensic science, experiencing what its like to suit up in surgical gear, touring a gross anatomy lab and more.
CampMed, which works to spark interest in the medical field for the students entering high school, began in 1998. The competitive program requires students to submit a letter of recommendation, a nomination from a science or math teacher or counselor, and a personal essay to be chosen to participate.

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