For the 12th consecutive year, the Medical Education Campus (MEC) and Virginia Hospital Center partnered to offer middle school-aged students the opportunity to learn from local health care professionals.
For two sessions, held July 27 to July 1 for rising 6th and 7th graders, and July 25 to 29 for rising 8th and 9th graders, Camp Med is a widely popular week-long summer program for students interested in the health care industry. The camp is limited to 20 campers each week. Participants spent a full day on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Virginia Hospital Center and Tuesday and Thursday at the MEC.
At NOVA, campers were certified in AHA HeartSaver and participated in a Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) simulation. During the mock crime scene, campers learned medical terminology and operational skills related to police-forensics, emergency medical services, nursing, medical laboratory technology, physical therapy, respiratory therapy and radiography.
As a first for campers this year, a zombie apocalypse theme was incorporated into the mock crime scene scenario. Each camper learned how to effectively conduct internet research from credible sources. Students researched for a potential cure and vaccination for individuals infected by a zombie epidemic, “zombism.”
“In order to become a skilled health care professional, students need to know how to properly conduct research,” said Diane Kearney, MEC lead medical librarian. “This new addition to the Camp Med experience allows campers to learn about basic search skills they can utilize throughout high school and college.”
At Virginia Hospital Center, students rotated through the pulmonary and cardiac catheterization labs, ER, pharmacy, radiology, rehabilitation and medical diagnostics areas.
Nana Bonsu, a rising sixth grader at Pine Spring Elementary School in Falls Church, said attending Camp Med fueled her aspirations of becoming a doctor and helping others in need.
“I loved and enjoyed everything about Camp Med,” Bonsu said. “I was challenged to do so many exciting things, from acting as police officer at the scene of a crime, tasting different foods and learning about respiratory therapy and nursing. I had a really great time.”
All inquiries for Camp Med 2017 should be directed online, keyword: Camp Med.