(Gillette, Wyo.) Eight Gillette High School students were among 65 from around the state that converged at the University of Wyoming last month to get hands on experience in the health care field.
The five-day camp offered students the chance to experience campus life, plan for the future and learn from health care professionals and college staff while participating in interactive workshops.
“It not only helped bring light to my specific interests in the medical field, but it also gave me skills that I will remember and utilize the rest of my life,” 2016 participant Tanasha Moore said in a testimonial for the summer camp program.
The Health Care Careers Summer Camp, now in its eighth year, is hosted by the Wyoming Area Health Education Center to attract and retain health care providers in areas of need. The program is also supported by the Wyoming State Office of Rural Health, Donor Alliance and WWAMI.
In addition to giving injections, practicing suturing, and making insect repellent in the pharmacy lab, students were also able to learn about anatomy by exploring the UW cadaver lab.
Developed by Congress in 1971, there are currently 56 Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) around the country whose goal is to connect students to careers, professionals to communities, and communities to better health.