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Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - High School Students Get Close Look at Healthcare Careers at M*A*S*H Camp MMC
   
   M*A*S*H Class 2012
(Listed in alphabetical order)
Abigail Asbury, Ava Brown, Meghan Farley, Elicia Faulkner, Monica Haun, Laura Howard, Blade Kimbro, Christy Layton, Daniel Lewis, Kaleigh Malkes, Jordan McBee, Abigail Ramsey, Mason Stooksbury, Mitchell Stooksbury, Allison Tadlock.
“Many of the campers at M*A*S*H Camp MMC want to be in the medical field now more than ever,” said Cheryl Stallings, R.N., Family Education Program coordinator at Methodist Medical Center.

The Medical Academy of Science and Health – known as M*A*S*H Camp MMC – is an annual event that gives high school students interested in healthcare careers hands-on experience in various clinical areas. Sponsored by Covenant Health and Methodist, it was held on July 24 and 25. Stallings along with Covenant Health nurse recruiters, Lisa Faulkner and Susan Finchum, spearheaded this year’s program.

The first day of camp was held at the Life Development Center in Oak Ridge, where students took part in a ropes course and team-building activities. They also discovered why teamwork is crucial in health care and learned about pre-hospital care.

Day two was held at Methodist Medical Center. Students had opportunities to job shadow clinical staff in various departments and learned how to start an IV, give injections, and practice many other skills related to working in healthcare.

The students also had the opportunity to view a LifeStar helicopter and talk with the flight crew. The FAA-approved helistop, which is equipped to handle air ambulance traffic from across the region, opened in July 2008. Methodist serves a wide geographic population and the helipad allows transport of emergent patients from rural hospitals and remote areas.

“The campers had a blast and could not believe how kind and helpful everyone was to them,” Stallings said.

“M*A*S*H Camp MMC has been around for more than 10 years and has really helped a lot of students connect with their future career,” she added. “An initiative like this takes a lot of team players to make it work.  Methodist’s lab, surgery, imaging, pharmacy, emergency and therapy departments played a huge role in the camp’s success, as did the hospital’s cardiology (3-West) and oncology (4-West) units, the Family Birthing Center, and a number of clinical educators.  Also, a great thanks to Whitney Miller, Program Director for the McMinn County Air Evac, who helped provide students with the unique opportunity to view an air ambulance up close.”