Upstate News

July 27, 2005
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Area teens get primed for jobs in healthcare with careers exploration program at SUNY Upstate

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – With careers in healthcare going begging, SUNY Upstate Medical University is hoping to entice some teen-agers to think about the profession as their goal.

MedQuest Health Careers Exploration Camp, which runs through Friday at the SUNY Upstate, has brought 20 area high schoolers to campus to give them an up-close and hands-on experience in the medical field.

The goals of the residential camp are clear, said Jim Vossler, assistant dean of SUNY Upstate’s College of Health Professions. “First, students should become familiar and interested in the college experience,” he said. “Second, the teens should develop a sense of involvement in health care that will continue throughout their lives. Lastly, the shared experience should promote a camaraderie within the diversified group.”

The students will see a bypass surgery demonstration, learn about acupuncture and suturing and earn first aid certification.

The MedQuest Camp is sponsored by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, CNYAHEC and SUNY Upstate.

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