MASH Camp Helps Area High School Students Get a “Hands-on” look at Healthcare Careers

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July 25, 2013

Donna Bohan, Mercy Hospital's nurse manager of Surgical Services, talks to the students about healthcare careers in one of the new state-of-the-art Catheterization Labs at the hospital.

With the continued shortage of doctors, nurses, and allied health professionals, exposing high school students to careers in healthcare may just be what the doctor ordered.
Mercy Hospital hosted a special MASH (Medical Academy of Science & Health) Camp on July 24 for students from D'Youville College’s Health Careers Opportunity Program to get a behind-the-scenes look at various healthcare careers. The Health Careers Opportunity Program is a federally-funded educational program designed to help students from disadvantaged backgrounds succeed in advancing into the health career professions.

Early in the day, the students participated in a variety of hands-on activities, including a “glo-germ” hand washing exercise to see germs under a black light, and an infection control exercise with surgical gloves and shaving cream to see how hospital staff prevent the spread of germs and infections. 

This unique educational program is designed to increase the students’ awareness about the many job opportunities that exist in healthcare – one of the area’s leading employers. As part of the program, the students toured several hospital departments and spoke with various healthcare personnel.