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Project PROMISE alumnae, Rhionna Harris (front,center), had the opportunity to shadow with surgeons and physicians during her senior semester with Project PROMISE. Students who apply to the free MAHEC Health Careers Summer Camp for the Summer of 2019 will also have the chance to shadow physicians in clinic and gain hands-on medical experience as well as networking connections with medical professionals

Rising juniors and seniors in McDowell, Mitchell, Yancey, Madison and Swain counties are encouraged to apply for a free summer camp focusing on paths to successful health careers.

Applications are now open for the 2019 Health Careers Summer Camp. This residential camp will be held June 23-26 in Asheville with students housed at UNC-A. There will be daily workshops, networking opportunities and presentations at UNCA and MAHEC centered on healthcare careers. This camp is for rising juniors and seniors.

Students will experience MAHEC’s new state-of-the-art Simulation Center and deliver a baby, practice CPR and intubation, push medications, monitor “real” patients, and more. They will shadow in MAHEC Family Medicine, Ob/Gyn and/or sports medicine. They will see real patients and work with real physicians. They will dissect a heart with an experienced cardiac care practitioner. Local physicians, residents and professional students meet with high schoolers to discuss their own career path and the beauties of practicing medicine in Western North Carolina. There will be fun activities for students in the evening, including swimming, games and a night at the Trampoline Park.

The best part is it is all free. There is no cost to the student to attend this camp. You can find the application by visiting https://bit.ly/2BZuUBC.

Applications include a teacher recommendation form, official high school transcript with GPA and class rank, a recent photo of the applicant, an up-to-date resume and a parent permission form.

If you know of a student or students who are interested in a health career in the future (including but not limited to: physician, physician assistant, dentist, nurse practitioner, surgeon, pharmacist, physical therapy, etc.), please let them know about this opportunity and encourage them to apply. This camp is specifically designed with rural high school students in mind. The application is due by Monday, Feb. 4.

For questions, contact misty.cox@mahec.net or healthcareers@mahec.net.

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