Hemostats and needles in hand, students hovered over square blocks of artificial skin, carefully suturing faux wounds. Nearby, another group of students wrapped partial arm casts on their partners, giggling at the sensation on their healthy arms.
Though the patients weren't real, the simulations at Central Michigan University's
CampMed certainly were.
"It's great to see these high school students excited about medicine," said Lyman Mower, assistant director of admissions at CMU's
College of Medicine. "We want them to leave here with a great CMU experience and hope they return soon as students."
Throughout the three-day camp, high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors watched demonstrations, participated in patient simulations and were placed in clinical situations to learn how to diagnose patients with common symptoms. The demonstrations were done by CMED faculty and current students who just finished their first year in the college.
"It's perfect that we get to help with this camp, because we came here a year ago with many of the same questions they are asking us," said Northwood, New Hampshire, native and CMED student Kala Frye.
CampMed, in its second year, was designed to expose high school students to elements of medical school and college life. In addition to a full schedule of hands-on activities, students were housed on campus for three days and experienced campus living.