Explore medical careers through summer day camp

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Could your middle school age student be a future nurse? Perhaps a budding physical therapist or pharmacist?

The Spin "Explore Medicine" day camp will run from 1-4 p.m. Monday, June 11, through Thursday, June 14, at Spencer Hospital. Medical topics which will be explored throughout the four-day camp include pharmacy, nursing, rehabilitative services (physical, occupational and speech therapies), athletic training and sports medicine, laboratory, diagnostic imaging, respiratory therapy, surgery and emergency medicine. The format includes classroom time, experiments and tours.

Students entering sixth through eighth grades will have an opportunity to explore medical careers through a fun program provided through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Clay County and Spencer Hospital.

Clay County Extension is offering several special youth programs throughout the summer, known as SpIn programs, which is an abbreviation for "special interests" classes. SpIn programs range from horticulture, film-making and photography, to robotics, medicine, fashion and more. The targeted age group varies depending on the program topic. The program being offered on opportunities in medicine is geared towards preteens and young teens.

"We're excited Clay County Extension invited us to be a part of this program, as it will be a great opportunity for students to learn more about the various opportunities in medicine and have some fun along the way," Susan Zulk, vice president of marketing and fund development at Spencer Hospital, said.

Class size is a minimum of six students and a maximum of 15. The program is free and participants do not need to be enrolled in 4-H to participate. Call Clay County Extension at 262-2264 to register or for more information.

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