This year's Explore! Careers in Health Camp takes place July 2-4.
Student-led McGill camp promotes diversity in health care professions
The energy and volume were on high for the Jeopardy game focusing on speech pathology at the recent Explore! Careers in Health Camp. Teams of high school students competed against each other to see which team knew the most about the causes of speech impediments.
That’s just one of the activities overseen by the young and enthusiastic volunteer counsellors, all McGill students in the health professions, at the Explore! Camp. Others included suturing, blood drawing and operating an ultrasound machine on a real human being.
A camp participant works the ultrasound machine under the expert tutelage of a McGill medicine student.
The camp, a Faculty of Medicine initiative, is designed to demystify and make accessible the idea of a career in the health professions to youth from under-represented groups. 40+ students, from 14 to 17, in Grades 9 to 11, participate yearly.
Held in both French and English, the three-day camp focuses on the health professions: medicine, nursing, dentistry, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech language therapy, genetics and pharmacology.
A camp participant practices taking a blood sample at the McGill Steinberg Centre for Simulation and Interactive Learning.