“The 18 participants were chosen not only based on their application and essay, but on their enthusiasm, interest, maturity and level of responsibility,” Camp Leader Dawn Beauprez said.

Salem, VA (June 27, 2018) – Eighteen rising eighth graders are exploring their career aspirations in the medical field this week. For the 13th year, LewisGale Medical Center is hosting Camp Healthcare where students are engaged in a variety of activities that will enable them to learn more about various health professions. 

To be chosen for the free week-long camp, the middle schoolers submitted a one-page essay explaining their interest in a healthcare related field. “The 18 participants were chosen not only based on their application and essay, but on their enthusiasm, interest, maturity and level of responsibility,” Camp Leader Dawn Beauprez said.  

While the purpose of the camp is to introduce middle school students to career opportunities in healthcare, there is a variety of objectives that will be presented to the eager learners. These objectives include:

  • an orientation to healthcare services provided by hospitals
  • an introduction to career and employment opportunities in healthcare
  • a hands-on approach to learning
  • an introduction to the language of healthcare
  • interaction with healthcare providers
  • opportunities to further explore areas of interest

Some of the areas that will be explored include: emergency department, pharmacy, environmental services, cath lab, rehab, laboratory, pathology, operating room, nursery, dietary, marketing, emergency preparedness, respiratory, anesthesia, central sterile, radiation oncology, education wound center and behavioral health. 

Interactive activities are a large part of the camping experience as the students learn about surgery by carving a watermelon, they explore marketing initiatives by creating a commercial and are introduced to obstetrics by performing an ultrasound.

The program is taking place at the hospital this week from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and concludes with a graduation ceremony on Friday, June 29.