Provided by Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA)
Middle school-aged students interested in careers in healthcare had the opportunity to interact with medical professionals through engaging, real-life scenarios at Camp Med 2017, a partnership between Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) and Virginia Hospital Center.
Camp Med is a widely popular week-long summer program for students interested in healthcare. The two camp weeks—June 26-30 for rising 6th and 7th graders, and Aug. 7-11 for rising 8th and 9th graders—are limited to 20 campers each week, and the camps normally fill up within the first few hours that registration is open. Participants spend a full day on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington; and Tuesday and Thursday at NOVA’s Medical Education Campus in Springfield.
At NOVA, campers became certified in AHA HeartSaver and participated in a Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) simulation. During the mock crime scene, campers learned about medical terminology and operational skills related to police-forensics, emergency medical services, nursing, medical laboratory technology, physical therapy, respiratory therapy and radiography. Each camper also learned how to effectively conduct health-related research from scholarly sources to discover possible cures and safety precautions. To add a twist to the researching process, students found a vaccine to cure infectious bloodborne pathogens related to a zombie apocalypse.
For the 13th consecutive year, NOVA and the Virginia Hospital Center have partnered to offer Camp Med. Grecia Flores, departmental administrative assistant at Virginia Hospital Center, said the popularity of Camp Med has extended throughout the years due to the continuous positive feedback received from participants.
“The advanced hands-on training our campers experience each year is what makes Camp Med so popular,” Flores said. “Instead of just hearing and reading about healthcare careers, they have the opportunity to work alongside medical professionals in their fields of interest. Each year, the children are amazed by the state-of-the-art technology and the professionalism they experience at the Medical Education Campus. The partnership we have with NOVA is truly significant. Together, we are offering a valuable experience to our children.”
At Virginia Hospital Center, students rotate through the pulmonary and cardiac catheterization labs, ER, pharmacy, radiology, rehabilitation and medical diagnostics areas. A closing ceremony is also held for campers to formally present their experiences with family and friends.
All inquiries for Camp Med 2018 should be directed online, keyword: Camp Med.