BY MELANIE BUCK –
Medical Applications for Science and Health (MASH) Camp was held at Mena Regional Health System over the last two weeks. Twelve senior students from Polk County, who are interested in seeking a degree in the medical field, are selected through an application process to attend the annual camp. During the camp, students are exposed to many health care related areas. MRHS physicians, nurses, therapists, radiology and lab technologists volunteer their services each year to teach students about their particular field of expertise.
Throughout the camp, the students gained exposure to radiology, obstetrics, surgery, orthopedics, emergency medicine, clinical services, respiratory, laboratory technology, behavioral health, dentistry, veterinarian services, among many others. In addition to MRHS, the students also spent the day at UAMS in Little Rock where they were introduced to additional areas of healthcare. The program was developed to assist future medical students in making a career choice suitable for their talents and interests. A graduation reception was held to honor the students on Friday, June 26.