Camp exposes students to health careers

By Michaela Gibson Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Twenty-one young teens got an inside-out view of health care this week.
The Summer Health Academy participants, who have all completed sixth, seventh or eighth grade, got close-up views of ambulances, central sterile supply, neonatology and other departments around North Mississippi Medical Center.
Amber Scott, 14, a rising ninth-grader at Tupelo High School, was fascinated by the breathing tube placement demonstration in the neonatal intensive care unit and the virtual dementia tour that simulates the difficulties for frail elderly.
“It really opened my eyes,” said Scott, who aspires to become an obstetrician-gynecologist.
It’s the 13th year NMMC has offered the summer health academy classes, said Rosalyn Campbell, NMMC career counselor. The organizers partnered with HealthWorks! to pump up the program.
“We always want to make it better,” Campbell said.
Summer Health Academy participants have options to return for a second camp next summer.
After that, students can continue to return for a day of job shadowing until they graduate from high school.
“Quite a few go on to the teen volunteer program and the nurse mentorship academy,” Campbell said.
Ashton Martin, 13, a rising ninth-grader at Baldwyn High School, is interested in physical therapy and working with people with disabilities.
“I’ve enjoyed the whole program,” Martin said. “It’s been a great experience.”
Applications for the program are available at area schools in the spring or online at www.nmhs.net/youth_programs.php and due by mid-April each year.
michaela.morris@journalinc.com

Around The Region
Students will have additional opportunities to explore health careers around Northeast Mississippi.
• Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany will host a Health Care Academy from 8 a.m. to noon June 24-28. $20. Call Crystal McBrayer at (662) 538-2613. Deadline to register is today.
• OCH Regional Medical Center in Starkville will offer career shadowing on June 12 for those who have completed 10th grade and are 16 or older. Spots will be filled on a first-come, first served basis. Call (662) 615-2507 or (662) 615-2511.