MASH Camp to Offer Students Hands-On Health Care Experiences

Apply for summer Medical Academy of Sciences and Health Camp now until May 10

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Students receive a demonstration from a LifeNet flight crew member at Samaritan Medical Center during MASH Camp in summer 2015.

North Country high school students who are interested in working in the health care field after graduation have a unique opportunity ahead.

The Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization, in collaboration with the Workforce Development Institute, is now accepting applications for its Medical Academy of Sciences and Health Camp – more commonly known as “MASH Camp.”

MASH Camp is a unique opportunity for students entering grades 8-12 to experience and explore the health care field in an interactive way.  By participating in hands-on activities that highlight various career opportunities, students will learn about the educational requirements, skills, typical job duties and personal qualities of specific health care professionals.

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Students listen to instructions while on a tour of Carthage Area Hospital’s operation room during MASH Camp in February 2017.

Additionally, involvement in MASH Camp increases student awareness and understanding of the hospital setting and provides students the opportunity to network with health care professionals in their community to build long-term mentoring relationships.

Three-day camps will be offered at Carthage Area Hospital, Lewis County General Hospital, River Hospital and Samaritan Medical Center, and a two-day camp will be held at Jefferson Community College.

Each session will help answer questions and provide students with a path to explore their career options in depth. Regardless of hospital placement, each day will be different and provide interesting, thought-provoking exercises and real-life experiences.

All MASH Camp sessions run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and camp dates by location are as follows:

Carthage Area Hospital: August 1-3, 2017

Jefferson Community College (2-day camp): August 8-9, 2017

Lewis County General Hospital: July 25-27, 2017

River Hospital: July 25-27, 2017                 

Samaritan Medical Center: July 18-20, 2017   

Applications can be found at Space is limited and students must apply by May 10. For more information, contact Tracy Leonard at or (315) 755-2020, ext. 13.


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