Camp Med provides youth a front row seat to healthcare in action

SARANAC LAKE – A group of enthusiastic eighth and ninth graders now have a broader perspective of the many challenging opportunities that await them should they choose a career in healthcare.

For a week in July, nine youth participated in Camp Med, a partnership between Adirondack Health and Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES. The Camp Medprogram is geared toward students who enjoy math and science and may be considering a career in healthcare. They gain practical experience learning about CPR, basic first-aid, vital signs and other aspects of patient care in a fun and interactive setting with the staff of Adirondack Health.

“The Camp Med program is a great educational experience for these young students who are eager to learn,” said Ann Rand, a registered nurse and staff development coordinator for Adirondack Health. “It is also a source of pride for our staff who welcomes the opportunity to encourage and inspire these young people who are the next generation of healthcare workers.”

During the week, students visit patient care areas for demonstrations in medical imaging, laboratory or emergency care, to name a few. It is also an opportunity for the students to meet the Adirondack Health staff so they can gain a better understanding of the skills and education needed to pursue a career in healthcare.

The high school students in this year’s program are from Lake Placid, Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake. This is the program’s fifth year in existence.

Adirondack Health is proud to provide area students an in-depth educational experience by connecting them with the skilled staff responsible for the range of programs and services offered by the only full-service health system in the Adirondack Park. In addition to Camp Med, Adirondack Health hosts the New Vision program for high school students and career shadow days throughout the course of the year. College students also complete their clinical rotations at Adirondack Health as part of their course work for nursing and medical imaging.