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February 12, 2016
Gillian Ottman 492-5023

Upstate to welcome students to annual MASH Camp

SYRACUSE, N.Y.— Upstate University Hospital’s Community Campus will host an annual event to introduce area junior high school students to various health care professions. Twenty-four students are expected to participate in the county’s only Medical Academy of Science and Health (MASH) Camp on Feb. 18 and 19.

This year’s event marks 14 years that the campus has hosted the educational two-day event. As in past years, the facility will give students access to health care areas, including the emergency department, operating room, pathology, respiratory therapy, pharmacy and radiology. The eighth, ninth and 1oth graders will participate in hands-on workshops and learn such skills as testing lab samples and giving injections.

“Each year, staff members design interesting crash courses specific to their care areas that capture the students’ attention and drive curiosity,” said Chief Administrative Officer Nancy Daoust. “This is an event we look forward to every year, and it is my pleasure to welcome this group of students to our campus as they explore the breath of health care professions.”

The goal of MASH Camp, sponsored by Upstate University Hospital, Central New York Area Health Education Center and The Advocates for Upstate Medical University, is to provide an engaging learning experience for the participating students. The camp promotes and allows students to explore health professions before they begin selecting high school course work and setting future career goals.

For more information about MASH camp and other health careers exploration programs available in central New York, visit CNYAHEC or call (607) 756-1090.

Caption: 2015 MASH Camp participants learn how to suture by members of the emergency department staff. Twenty-four junior high school students from across Central New York will explore the world of health care at Upstate University Hospital’s Community Campus Feb. 18 and 19 at the county’s only Medical Academy of Science and Health (MASH) Camp.

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