Northwest Ohio teens to experience medical school at CampMed

June 15, 2011 | Events, UToday
By Meghan Cunningham

The University of Toledo will host CampMed this week for 36 northwest Ohio incoming high school freshmen who will engage in hands-on activities to stimulate their interest in science and medicine.

The students participating in the 14th annual CampMed program will receive close-up, interactive lessons making casts, learning procedures in a medical simulation center, suturing a wound, and touring a gross anatomy lab.

The two-day program will be held Thursday, June 16, and Friday, June 17, on the UT Health Science Campus.

The students will begin their medical school crash course Thursday morning with a “tools of the trade” session where they will learn to use blood pressure cuffs and stethoscopes. Throughout the camp, students also will learn about plastination, see a medical helicopter, and make wrist casts.

UT medical students serve as camp counselors, and the campers also will interact with physicians and professors.

CampMed, which began in 1998, is coordinated through the UT Area Health Education Center program that works to improve the health of individuals and communities by transforming health care through education.

The competitive scholarship program requires students, most of whom are minority, rural or from other underrepresented groups, 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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