20 June, 2017
Twenty-three area high school students are getting the opportunity to explore health sciences at three higher learning institutions and a local medical center.
East Central Alabama Area Health Education Center is hosting its second annual health careers enrichment program known as Medi-Camp. The day camp is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today through Friday. The camp kicked off at Gadsden State Community College today and will continue at Quality of Life Health Services Inc., Jacksonville State University, Gadsden Regional Medical Center and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Medi-Camp is open to students who are interested in pursuing a career in healthcare. They must be a high school sophomore, junior or senior. All materials, supervision, transportation and food is provided by AHEC.
“It is a pleasure for Gadsden State to partner with AHEC,” said Dr. Deborah Curry, dean of Health Sciences at Gadsden State. “This is a wonderful opportunity for students to explore the healthcare career options available to them and to experience the Gadsden State campus first hand. We hope these students become future healthcare providers after graduating from Gadsden State.”
Medi-Camp provides unique, hands-on and behind-the-science experiences in healthcare for the students.
“JSU is looking forward to meeting students in the AHEC summer camp later this week as we explore nursing, respiratory therapy, pre-medicine and other health profession opportunities,” said Dr. Windon Edge, coordinator of collaborative affairs at JSU. “These students will have the opportunity to tour our campus and participate in our high-fidelity simulation lab. It is an honor to be a part of the summer camp and this great organization which focuses on preparing individuals to meet the healthcare needs of our communities.”
The students are getting an in-depth look into career paths that range from certificate programs to doctoral programs, including nursing, radiologic technology, primary care, telehealth, physical therapy and more. The enrichment program focuses on rural settings and the advantages of practicing in rural areas in Alabama.