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Camp Survivor introduces students to healthcare careers

July 1, 2014
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Students at Camp Survivor spent the week learning about the health- care field while getting hands-on experience suturing, splinting, backboarding and casting potential patients Students at Camp Survivor spent the week learning about the health- care field while getting hands-on experience suturing, splinting, backboarding and casting potential patients photo courtesy: Katrina Mumford, EMCC

BANGOR - School may be out for the summer but that doesn't mean students are taking a break from learning. Over 25 ninth and tenth graders spent last week at Camp Survivor in Bangor, where they got a firsthand look at careers in the health field.

"This is a way to introduce kids to careers they maybe did not think about," said Sheree Tillson, EMHS recruiter. "We've had an occupational therapist teach them how to get dressed using only one hand, a physical therapist showing them the different muscles and activities to treat those muscles, a hygienist demonstrating how to scrape teeth. And we took them to EMMC, where they were able to look at an ultrasound of Jello that had various items in it."

The weeklong camp was a true eye opener for freshman Haylee Sovil of Orrington.

"I only came because my friend's mom talked me into it and now I'm looking into working in ultrasound. I never would've thought about that if I hadn't come here," explained Sovil.

For the past five years, Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, Eastern Maine Community College and Husson University have teamed up to host Camp Survivor. Nurses, EMTs, occupational therapists, X-ray technicians, hygienists and many others all volunteer their time to show the students just a glimpse of their day to day lives on the job. The students, who are broken up into five different teams for the week, are then given the opportunity to demonstrate what they've just learned from the presenter using the tools and techniques provided.

"This is a competition just like the Survivor' TV show," said Tillson. "The students are doing hands on activities and the presenters score them on participation and teamwork."

Tillson said the camp is so successful at sparking student's interest in the medical field that it has already provided some area hospitals with hard working employees.

"The Aroostook Medical Center has been doing this [program] for 13 years, and they've seen students who went to Camp Survivor and are now working there. So it's made a difference."

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