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Published on July 07, 2015

Summer camps introduce kids to health careers

Dozens of students will descend on UHS' hospitals this summer and fall, as health education camps introduce the youngsters to the world of healthcare careers.

About 30 students entering eighth and ninth grade in the fall will spend two days, July 14 and 15, gaining hands-on experience in the medical field at MASH Camp, to be held at UHS Wilson Medical Center in Johnson City.

MASH stands for the Medical Academy of Science and Health.

The camp is sponsored by UHS Hospitals and the Cortland-based Central New York Area Health Education Center.

The two organizations have partnered on this initiative for over a decade to encourage young people to explore health careers.

One goal of the program is alleviating the shortage of health professionals in the future.

A variety of careers will be highlighted during the camp through fun, up-close-and-personal workshops for students, including lots of attention from dedicated health professionals.

The campers will visit a dozen departments within the medical center, including Pharmacy, Food & Nutrition, Ambulatory Surgery, Behavioral Health and Operation Life Flight.

The facilitators - nurses, therapists, technicians and allied health professionals who work at the medical center - comment that they find the two-day experience as rewarding as do the students.

All campers receive educational materials, as well as hospital scrubs to wear each day at camp, and are served breakfast and lunch.

Each student signed up by the May 22 deadline and paid a $35 fee to enter the program.

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In July, about 30 students will attend a health career day at UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital, sponsored by the hospital.  

The one-day event will introduce youngsters to a number of departments at the Norwich hospital.

In October, UHS Delaware Valley Hospital in Walton will host 30 students at its MASH Camp, which is a joint venture between the hospital and the Highland-based Catskill Hudson Area Health Education Center.