MEDCAMP Encourages H.S. Students to Pursue Health-Care Careers: AHSC Hosts Mini-Medical School, July 12-15

Arizona high school students will spend part of their summer learning about careers in medicine

MEDCAMP Encourages H.S. Students to Pursue Health-Care Careers: AHSC Hosts Mini-Medical School, July 12-15

Forty-eight Arizona high school students will spend part of their summer vacation learning about careers in medicine, nursing and pharmacy at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center's 12th Annual MEDCAMP, July 12-15.
During this free "mini-medical school," students will explore their interest in the health sciences and be immersed in a broad curriculum that incorporates lecture, laboratory experience, hospital tours and shadowing of a healthcare professional. They also will receive training and certification in CPR. Nominated by their high schools from towns throughout Arizona, MEDCAMP students were selected based on essays they wrote on their career interests. Some of the activities scheduled for MEDCAMP that offer the best photo or interview opportunities include:


Tuesday and Wednesday, July 13 and 14

  • 9:15-11:15 a.m. Anesthesiology Simulation Center.
    Anesthesiologists demonstrate a human simulator dubbed "Stan," which is used to teach medical students. The lifelike simulator is so realistic its chest rises and falls as it "breathes." The mannequin has a simulated pulse and its eyes dilate and blink.

Tuesday, July 13

  • 2:30-4 p.m. Lotion Lab, College of Medicine Room 2115.
    A UA pharmacist leads the students in concocting their own sunscreen.
  • 2:30-4 p.m. Patient Care Learning Center, UA College of Nursing, Room 247.
    Students get to practice some nursing skills on mannequins and on computer-generated simulations.

Wednesday, July 14

  • 10:30-noon DNA Extraction Exercise, College of Medicine, Rooms 2115.
    Students isolate their own DNA using cells from their mouths in this laboratory exercise.

Thursday, July 15

  • 8:45-11:30 a.m. The Autopsy, UMC Morgue
    A pathologist leads the students through a virtual autopsy and shows various organs.

Editors please note: The AHSC Office of Public Affairs can help arrange photo and interview opportunities with MEDCAMP students. To arrange interviews, call 626-7301.