Youths from throughout Oswego County spent two days at Oswego Hospital taking part in hands-on activities as they learned about careers in the healthcare field.
Oswego Hospital hosted its annual MASH Camp (Medical Academy of Science and Health) for two days the first week of August. Wearing their own hospital scrubs, the 18 youths, who will soon enter the eighth and ninth grades, spent time in the hospital’s lab, pharmacy, medical imaging departments, among others. The staff of each of these departments gave an insider’s look to their daily responsibilities by offering the students a fun learning opportunity. In the medical imaging department, the students were shown ultrasound and echocardiogram images, before a student was selected to undergo the tests, so the group could better understand the role these tests play in a patient diagnosis.
In yet another session, the youths were able to pretend they were surgeons and tried their hands at suturing using a foam model. The youths also spent time learning the important safety procedures and steps taken before, during and after a surgery is performed.
Adrianna Quig, of Central Square said she liked being able to go ‘behind the scenes’ of many of the hospital departments. As part of MASH Camp, the students toured the facility from the housekeeping and the business departments to the many of the clinical areas.
Alex Joss-Forbes, of Mexico, said he looked forward to spending time in the hospital’s new laboratory. “I like science and looking at bacteria in a microscope,” he said. “I just think it is interesting.”
Meanwhile, Olivia Coakley, of Fulton, said she found the time in the pharmacy the most interesting, as well as a possible future career choice. In the pharmacy, the students simulated tasks performed by licensed pharmacists, such as making lotions and other medications. “It was a fun experience,” Coakley said.
The staff of Oswego Hospital looks forward to hosting the camp each year as it’s a chance for them to share their skills and their profession. “The staff enjoys demonstrating some of the knowledge and equipment they use as part of their healthcare careers,” said Valerie Favata, Oswego Hospital’s chief nursing officer. “Of course we always hope that we spark the students’ interest in pursuing a healthcare career.”
MASH Camp is coordinated by the Central New York Area Health Education Center. CNYAHEC is a non-profit health workforce development organization located in Cortland that serves 14 counties in central New York including Oswego County. Program sponsors include Oswego Health, CNYAHEC and Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.
Oswego Hospital has hosted one of the summertime MASH Camps for many years. To learn more about the hospital and its parent company, Oswego Health, visit oswegohealth.org