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Medquest offers teens a hands-on approach to learning about healthcare careers

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SYRACUSE, N.Y.-- Two dozen high school students from across Central New York will make their summer memorable by attending a five-day intensive look at healthcare careers at Upstate Medical University’s Medquest Health Careers Exploration Camp, which runs from July 15 to 19 on the Upstate campus.

While staying at one Upstate’s residence halls, students will take part in a jam-packed curriculum that will have the suturing, casting, and learning the ABC’s of a handful of healthcare careers.

“Medquest students will be perfectly positioned to capitalize on the growing demand for jobs in healthcare,” said Donna Vavonese, one of the program’s organizers. “Their early understanding of the various career options in healthcare and the skills and training that is necessary to land these positions will be a benefit as they continue their education.”

In addition to some hands-on projects, students will tour Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, get an overview of medical imaging techniques, and learn more about careers in respiratory care, cardiovascular perfusion, radiation therapy and physical therapy. They will visit Upstate’s Clinical Skills Center, where medical students hone their bedside manner through mock patient interactions, and if they see themselves delivering medical care high in the sky, a visit to the helipad for a look at the medical helicopter will certainly be of interest.

On tap, too, is an overview of careers in medical research, pharmacy and nursing.

Enrollment in Medquest is open to students from Central New York who will be entering the 11th and 12th grades who are interested in science and health careers. For information on how to apply, call 607-756-1090.

In addition to Upstate, Medquest is sponsored by the Central New York Area Health Education Center and Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Caption: Students take part in a suturing clinic as part of Upstate Medical University's Medquest Health Careers Exploration Camp.