MEDCAMP 8th-graders can apply to join health program

Staff report


Area eighth-grade students have the opportunity to experience life as health-professions students during MEDCAMP, a three-day intensive immersion experience for eighth-graders who have demonstrated achievement in science and an interest in a health-professions career.

Applicants are being sought for 50 open spots for this year’s program, which will take place at Northeast Ohio Medical University on July 11-13.

Now in its 23rd year, MEDCAMP is designed to provide “hands-on” experiences in bio-medical science workshops involving research, clinical problem-solving and an introduction to the fields of clinical medicine and pharmacy.

Students join physicians, pharmacists, NEOMED students, faculty and researchers in performing applied activities, including taking blood pressures, reading EKGs, working in the pharmacy lab and identifying bacteria under a microscope.

Students also complete a case study on a fictitious patient.

Applicants must be current eighth-grade students (and will have completed eighth grade at the time of MEDCAMP), who excel in science and math.

Potential participants may be nominated for the program by a teacher, guidance counselor or may nominate themselves.

First consideration is given to applicants from groups underrepresented in health-care professions.

Students selected to participate in MEDCAMP must reside in Ashtabula, Carroll, Columbiana, Mahoning, Portage, Richland, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas, Trumbull and Wayne counties.

The program is sponsored by Ohio’s Region III Area Health Education Center.

Information about MEDCAMP and applications may be found online at academics/ahec/medcamp or by calling 330-325-6584.

Applications are due to the NEOMED AHEC office by April 19.

Northeast Ohio Medical University is a community- based, public medical university with a mission to improve the quality of health care in Northeast Ohio working in collaboration with its educational and clinical partners.

With a focus on scientific and medical research, and the interprofessional training of health professionals that is unique to the state of Ohio, the university offers a doctor of medicine (M.D.) and a doctor of pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree, in addition to graduate-level coursework and research opportunities leading to master’s and doctoral degrees in other medical areas.

Northeast Ohio Medical University is a founding member of the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron.


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