The two-day, free M*A*S*H Camp gave area high school students interested in health care careers a chance to receive hands-on training.
"The camp was a fun opportunity for students to discover all the opportunities available in the areas of medicine, health and science," said Erin Hicks, OMC Education Manager. "Students got an up close look at careers in lab, pharmacy, nursing, rehabilitation services and many other medical fields."
The camp began with a discussion panel that included presentations by representatives from OMC's Emergency Department, Laboratory, Physical Therapy, Heart Care Services, NeuroPsych Unit, OB, Occupational Therapy, Wound Care, Speech Pathology, Human Resources and Infection Control. Each presenter gave an overview of their career and a hands on activity. Workshops included instruction on how to perform CPR, give intramuscular injections, take vital signs and test for blood type, along with demonstrations and instruction on casting and splinting.
On the second day of the camp, participants job shadowed local health care professionals. The camp ended with a dissection project, learning more about how the heart works and suturing techniques.
"There is such growing need for health care professionals and this camp gives students a look at the opportunities that are available right here in our community," Hicks said. "The M*A*S*H Camp allowed the students to experience many different areas of health care and hopefully, will help them decide that a health care career is the right path for them."
A total of 26 students from 10 area schools attended the camp. Schools represented were Thayer, Koshkonong, Viola, Faith Christian, Alton, West Plains, Mountain Grove, Gainesville, Mammoth Spring and Bakersfield.
For more information about educational events at OMC, call 417-257-6793.