COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM)- In efforts to strengthen the medical community and encourage young people, a few local organizations held a camp to educate have an interest in the medical field, especially orthopedics, surgery, nursing, and rehabilitation.
33 high school and first-year college students came from across Georgia to attend Scrubs Camp in Columbus, GA from June 12-14, 2018.
The Hughston Foundation, Three Rivers AHEC, and Columbus Technical College teamed up to host the first of two camps.
Every student received their own scrubs tops, which many wore to camp each day. In addition, to a tour of the facility and lectures, the students were able to experience many hands-on activities.
Some of the speakers and topics covered during camp included, optometry, orthopedic technologist, nutritionist, medical writing, medical illustration, radiology, surgical nursing, surgical technologist, physician and medical residency program, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and athletic training.
Additionally, the students enjoyed surgical technology in the operating room, emergency medicine, respiratory care, nursing, and obstetrics.
Students learned about many different medical techniques from applying a cast to learning about concussions. They were also able to work in different lab rooms and using simulators.
On the last day of the camp, the students went to Columbus Technical College where they had the opportunity to learn about the different associate degrees that are available.
The camp received excellent reviews from the students who participated and the next camp scheduled for July 17-19, is already booked solid. Program organizers and sponsors were The Hughston Clinic and Foundation, Three Rivers AHEC, Columbus Technical College, Arthrex, and Nuvasive, while Renasant Bank and Columbus State University sponsored the lunch and learn programs.