Local students attend SUU health career camp
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Miranda Shumway of Moab learns how to analyze fluid samples in the medical technology workshop at the SUU Health Career Exploration Camp. Courtesy photo
Miranda Shumway of Moab learns how to analyze fluid samples in the medical technology workshop at the SUU Health Career Exploration Camp. Courtesy photo
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Six Grand County students recently attended the 15th annual Health Career Exploration Camp sponsored by the Utah Center for Rural Health at Southern Utah University. The camp, held June 17-19, is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a career in the health care field.

Throughout the three-day camp, Grand County students Brenna Baird, Tiffany Pilibosian, Jamie Miller, Miranda Shumway, Sommer Hutchinson, and Tiffanie Whipple, along with 75 other students from across the state, learned about the health care industry and participated in hands-on activities and workshops.

Workshops featured health career skills where participants learned to suture, take blood pressures, intubate and maintain an airway, along with other skills, according to a news release from SUU.

In science labs, students looked at blood smears through microscopes, conducted chemistry experiments, learned how diseases are spread, made their own teeth impressions, dissected sheep eyes and sheep hearts, and learned about pharmacy. Students also learned about careers in a wide variety of health care-related fields.

“This camp is specifically designed to give students from rural areas opportunities to learn about health care careers in a hands-on way that is not always available to them,” said Carrie Torgersen, coordinator of the camp. “Our hope is that by introducing students to health care from rural areas, they will ultimately choose to pursue a health care career and return to a rural area to work after their education is finished.”

For information about Utah Center for Rural Health programs, contact Dennis Moser or Rita Osborn at 435-865-8520 or visit www.suu.edu/ruralhealth.

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