Summer camp at Davie exposes high school students to diverse medical fields

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DAVIE, Florida. – Nova Southeastern University hosted high school students from across the country for an innovative six-day summer camp in Davie.

The faculty and staff of the NSU College of Osteopathic Medicine designed and organized the AIM-High program as an interactive immersion in the diversity of the medical field.

“Some of them want to go into physical therapy, optometry, nursing, not all of medicine,” said Anastasia Murphy, a first-year medical student at NSU as an AIM-High advisor.

One of the camp sessions on Friday focused on concussion, a brain injury that affects brain function. Students also learned about the roles that emergency medical technicians play.

“They come in with the opportunity to see what the drug actually looks like,” said Eric LeVasseur, a freshman medical student at NSU as an AIM-High advisor.

The students wore white coats. Revti Dharmadhikari, one of the participants who wants to go to medical school, said the activities at the camp were reassuring.

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“It’s so much fun talking to people, interacting and figuring out what’s wrong with them, empathizing and helping them, which is what I’m really passionate about,” Revti said.

Jonathan Hus, another participating student, said he enjoyed the hands-on experiences offered by some of the sessions.

“It really opened up a lot of different areas and aspects of medicine,” Jonathan said of his experience.

Dana S. Famularo, manager at the College of Osteopathic Medicine, said students had a lot of questions about the Medical College Admissions Test. Jessica Malave, a certified pharmacy technician with NSU, said the program exposes students to the diversity of careers in the medical field.

“People think about the medical field and they only think about doctors, but it gives them the opportunity to open up that there are opportunities, it’s not just about being a doctor,” said said Malave.

Residential Camp June 17-23 was for sophomores, juniors, and seniors who used NSU’s residential dorms.

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The June 11-15 camp allowed first-year high school students to participate in approximately seven hours of instruction per day. About fifty students participated in each session.

Tuition for camp June 11-15 was $1,200. Tuition for June 17-23 was $1,800. There were scholarships and discounts for employees. The application deadline was May.

For more information, visit the program page.

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