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Area Youth Explore Healthcare Careers at Summer Camp

7/29/2010

Forty-two area freshmen interested in healthcare careers were able to learn about their options in a fun way, as they attended Survivor Camp: Adventures in Healthcare on the campus of Eastern Maine Community College.

The week-long residential camp, held this month, was organized by Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems’ (EMHS) Bangor affiliates including Eastern Maine Medical Center, The Acadia Hospital, EMHS home office, Maine Institute for Human Genetics and Health, Affiliated Laboratory, Inc., and Capital Ambulance and supported by many area organizations, including Eastern Maine Community College, AHEC, and Husson University. The camp’s primary sponsor was Kohl’s.

The camp’s theme was drawn from the popular TV show and a similar camp that has been offered by The Aroostook Medical Center for many summers in Presque Isle. Campers were organized by tribes, with friendly competitions mixed in with the hands-on healthcare learning opportunities.

During the week campers were able to learn first-hand about a variety of healthcare careers, including pharmacy, occupational therapy, radiology, dentistry, respiratory therapy, nursing, emergency response, and surgery.

Some of the special activities included a wheel chair race organized by the Maine Wheelers, tours of EMMC’s Advanced Surgical Care of Maine as well as the Imaging Center and Maine Rehabilitation Center. Additionally, campers were involved in a mock demonstration involving LifeFlight and Husson University’s Sim Labs, as well as a disaster drill involving a bus crash.

The inaugural year for Survivor – Adventures in Healthcare exceeded our expectations, exclaimed Phil Johnson, vice president of Human Resources at EMHS. “While both the campers and staff learned a great deal during Survivor week, I am especially heartened that students came away with a better idea of what options are available for a career in healthcare and a realization that they don’t have to move away from Maine to find rewarding careers.”

At the end of the camp, 90% of the students said they were seriously interested in a healthcare career after experiencing the wide range of job choices. The Survivor camp will be offered again in the summer of 2011. Campers will also be invited to attend Eastern Maine Medical Center’s “Healthcare Career Explorations” events scheduled annually for high school students to learn about a variety of healthcare occupations.

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