Local students attend MAHEC 2019 Health Careers Summer Camp
Mountain Area Health Education Center, or MAHEC, at the end of June hosted its first Project PROMISE Health Careers Summer Camp.
This free three-day camp was at MAHEC and UNC-Asheville, which housed 20 rural junior and senior high school students from McDowell, Madison, Mitchell, Yancey and Swain counties.
Over the three days, campers joined MAHEC’s Rural Health Initiative team for health career-focused activities led by health professionals and residents from MAHEC’s family medicine, OB/GYN, sports medicine, pharmacy, dental and surgery programs. Students were exposed to a variety of clinical settings and participated in hands-on activities that included ultrasound, casting, injecting, suturing, pig heart dissection, delivery simulation, pharmacotherapy, wilderness medicine, social determinants of health, filling cavities, rural resilience and more.
Project PROMISE – Providing Rural Opportunities in Medicine through Inspiring Service and Education – was created in 2014 by MAHEC family medicine resident Dr. Rivers Woodward and Dr. Brittany Papworth to encourage rural students to consider meaningful and fulfilling careers in healthcare that could, in turn, help address their community’s more pressing healthcare needs.