Students rave about AAMC’s High School Health Care Exploration Program: “I loved the interactions between me and the nurses”
In an effort to inspire our community’s young people to consider a career in health care, AAMC started the High School Health Care Exploration Program. Now in its eighth year, the “camp” fills up months in advance and often receives dozens of applications each spring. Its attendees, in many cases, go on to declare college majors in nursing, pre-med, physical therapy, and the sciences.
This July, twelve students from area high schools attended the four-day program, providing them with a first hand, behind-the-scenes look at health care career options.
During the camp, the highs schoolers were CPR certified, practiced basic assessment skills in our simulation lab, toured the ED, learned about ambulance transport and spent time with AAMC staff on several units.
Here, the students tell us what they most enjoyed about the High School Health Care Exploration Program:
“Being in the OR was incredible. Thank you so much!”
“This was a wonderful program and very hands-on. I am grateful that I was accepted and thank you very much!”
“It was a great and interesting week and I enjoyed being around people with similar interests as me.”
“I really hope this program will grow and continue to help students learn about future careers. I loved this experience and will dearly miss it.”
“I loved going to see the babies in NICU and the Joint and Spine Center.”
“I liked going into the OR and visiting the SAIL Center. They were both very interesting and interactive.”
“I loved the interactions between me and the nurses throughout the week. I could feel everyone’s enthusiasm to talk to us about healthcare.”