Local student attends health career camp
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Brityn Ballard of Moab learns about the field of medical laboratory science at the Health Career Exploration Camp in Cedar City earlier this month. Courtesy photo
Brityn Ballard of Moab learns about the field of medical laboratory science at the Health Career Exploration Camp in Cedar City earlier this month. Courtesy photo
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Grand County High School student Brityn Ballard recently attended the Health Career Exploration Camp held at Southern Utah University June 9 to 11. The camp — the 16th annual, is sponsored by Southern Utah AHEC and the Utah Center for Rural Health,

During the camp, which was attended by more than 60 Utah high school students, participants learn about future careers in health care through three-days of hands-on activities during 14 different workshops.

Some workshops featured health career skills where participants learned to suture, take blood pressures, intubate and maintain an airway, provide first-aid, and learn patient transfer techniques, operating room procedures and proper wound care techniques.

During the science labs students looked at blood smears through microscopes, conducted science experiments, learned how diseases are spread, made their own teeth impressions, dissected sheep eyes and sheep hearts and learned about pharmacy by making their own chapstick, according to a news release.

During his keynote speech, Dr. Jeff Gardner, emergency room doctor at Valley View Medical Center in Cedar City, encouraged the students to pursue a health care career for the right reasons, and to put thought into what kind of a career would work best for them.

Participants also took part in the SUU Challenge Course where they learned team-work and leadership skills.

“This camp is 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. “It’s also an opportunity for students to spend time on a college campus and get a glimpse of what college life will be like. Our hope is that by introducing students to health care ... they will ultimately choose to pursue a health care career and return to a rural area to work after their education is finished.”

After graduating from high school, students interested in health careers have the opportunity to enroll in the Rural Health Scholars Program, which helps students become successful applicants to medical, dental, pharmacy and other graduate level health professions programs, Torgersen said.

For information about the program visit: www.suu.edu/ruralhealth.

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