The overall emphasis of the Camp Med program was to introduce and educate prospective individuals who wish to enter the health care industry or possibly cultivate the interest of new students. Overall, the program ran the course of five days, June 21-25, and provided a broad overview of the health care profession and information on clinical internships.
Students were also provided the unique opportunity to travel to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in order to gain a better prospective on how a research medical university operates.
Each day of the program, students were introduced into different departments of Ashe Memorial Hospital, from the nursery and laboratory to radiology and physical therapy, not a single rock was left unturned.
One of the main objectives of the program was to introduce students to various occupations within the health care system and provide some basic background information on each potential profession such as salary, career outlook, and the roles and responsibilities of each profession.
Another intriguing aspect the program offers is the fact that the program integrates a school like atmosphere with real world scenarios. In addition to touring AMH, students were able to go on excursions to numerous medical, dental, and retirement centers across the county. Another extra incentive the program offered was that it allowed the students to train with state-of-the-art technology as well as receive education on cutting edge procedures that are revolutionizing the medical world.
Students were also able to meet with medical practitioners and prospective interns in order to gain a better grasp and understanding of the medical profession. Overall, the program included 24 hours of presentation, observation, and clinical internship experiences. On the last day of the camp, students were allowed to shadow a profession of their choice for four hours in order to gain in-depth experience of the medical field of choice.
In order to be eligible to participate in Camp Med, students had to be either a rising freshmen or sophomore and have 2.5 grade point average as well as a sincere desire to work in one of the numerous medical fields. Students were also required to send in a letter outlining their interests and career goals as well explaining why he or she wanted to participate in Camp Med.
Registered Nurse Nancy Kautz commented on the program’s overall success.
“We were able to expose students to over 30 health care professions and were allowed to go on in-depth tours of AMH each day,” Kautz said. “The highlight of the program was when students