RUIDOSO, N.M. – Twenty seven Ruidoso Middle School students donned scrubs and gloves and got the inside scoop on health care careers as they explored surgical care, physical therapy, emergency medicine and more at Lincoln County Medical Center.
The third annual Medical Applications of Science for Health (MASH) camp brought students to LCMC on February 26 to explore a range of health care fields.
"The goal is for students to explore jobs in health care and learn about the education and experience needed for these professions," said Todd Oberheu, chief hospital executive, Lincoln County Medical Center.
During the camp, students used surgical equipment in the operating room, learned how IV medications are made in the pharmacy, and how cupping therapy is applied in Physical Therapy.
Tricia Jameson, health education teacher at Ruidoso Middle School, joined her students at the camp and said she is "incredibly grateful" for LCMC staff who provide the hands-on experience.
"Due to the academic rigor involved in most healthcare professions the opportunity for my students to get hands on experience this early is critical," she said. "It really does start in high school for some of these students who want to become doctors, nurses, physical therapists and pharmacists. This early exposure helps to motivate my students towards achieving those goals."
"We all have so much fun doing this," Oberheu said. "The MASH camp is a great way to introduce young people in our community to incredible careers in health care. We'd love to be hiring a few of these young people in a decade or two."
About Lincoln County Medical Center
Lincoln County Medical Center is a county-owned facility that has been leased and operated by Presbyterian Healthcare Services since 1972. This partnership is dedicated to improving the health of individuals, families and communities in Ruidoso and Lincoln County. Lincoln County Medical Center and Presbyterian Healthcare Services operate a hospital, a primary care and specialty clinic, three rural clinics and a countywide ambulance service in Lincoln County. Lincoln County Medical Center is one of nine hospitals run by Presbyterian, which also has a statewide health plan and a growing multi-specialty medical group.