The Medical Education Campus (MEC), in partnership with Virginia Hospital Center, hosted its annual Camp Med in July. The week-long camp for local middle school students was held July 16 to 20 for rising 6th and 7th graders and July 30 to August 3 for rising 8th and 9th graders. Participants spent Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Virginia Hospital Center rotating through various departments such as the operating room, radiography, catheterization lab and others.
They spent Tuesday and Thursday at the MEC learning CPR and participating in a crime scene investigation (CSI) scenario. In the CSI scenario, campers play the role of police, EMS, nurses, forensics experts (med lab techs), radiographers and respiratory therapists. They respond to the needs of an actor playing a stabbing victim and treat them accordingly. Students are put through their paces by NOVA’s expert faculty and staff.
When asked at the beginning of the week how many students would consider a medical profession, only about two raised their hands. By the end of the week, nearly all 24 of the students in the second week of camp raised their hands. This is an excellent opportunity for youth to get a thorough glimpse into what it would be like to have a career in the health fields. Camp Med also increases the odds that some of these students will be the ones to pursue and step into the 18,000 healthcare vacancies projected for this region in the near future.