Medical camps set at area hospitals

LITTLE ROCK — MASH (Medical Applications of Science for Health) camps will be held in 32 communities to expose high school juniors and seniors to health care-related vocations.

The dates, area camp locations and directors include:

June 2-13

• Pine Bluff, UAMS Southcentral, LaSonya Shelby

June 9-20

• Dumas, Delta Memorial Hospital, Laura Potter

• Lake Village, Chicot Memorial Hospital, Laura Potter

June 23-28

• Warren, Bradley County Medical Center, Dennis Cooper.

“This MASH program provides wonderful opportunities for hundreds of Arkansas students interested in medical careers,” said Jennifer Victory, rural health specialist for Arkansas Farm Bureau. “It allows them to receive hands-on experience and gain knowledge that cannot be learned in the classroom. Many of these students are from rural areas, and MASH gives them a chance to see the careers available in health care, while encouraging them to eventually return to practice in those rural areas.”

County Farm Bureau organizations and the Arkansas Medical Mentor Partnership sponsor students so they may attend the camps free. The partnership includes the University of Arkansas for Medical Science’s regional centers, Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Arkansas Farm Bureau, Baptist Health and the Arkansas Health Department’s Office of Oral Health.

Details: Contact Eva McKinney with UAMS, (501) 686-5079, or Jennifer Victory of Arkansas Farm Bureau, (501) 228-1269.