The Southeast Kentucky Area Health Education Center (SE AHEC) at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College recently hosted its annual Letcher County Summer Scrubs Camp. Sponsored by Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital, the Summer Scrubs Camp was held July 13-July 16 to give seven students an opportunity to explore healthcare careers.
Each day of the camp, students spoke with, asked questions of, and observed healthcare professionals at work. Students saw behind the scenes of WARH, spent time in the diff erent departments, and attended presentations given by several staff members.
The camp began with the dental staff of the University of Kentucky’s Center for Excellence in Rural Healthcare, who taught the students some dentistry basics. Students filled teeth, did sealants, and even gave oral shots — all on specially designed simulators, of course.
Students learned basic suturing techniques with the assistance of Dr. Magued Khouzam and some of his team members as they practiced their skills on SurgiPal Simulators and a LifeForm Suturing Arm. SKCTC Allied Health Faculty members Wendy Wright and Astor Halcomb donated their time to lead demonstrations and activities related to respiratory and radiology. Camp participants got a lesson in intubation and performed this life-saving technique on a specially designed manikin.
The students also spent time learning about careers in rehabilitation services, the pharmacy, nursing, and the laboratory.
They traveled to Pikeville to visit the Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine, where faculty and staff gave the Scrubs Camp Students a detailed tour of the school as well as spent the day with them in the classroom facilitating an interactive Vital Signs Course in the Manipulation Lab.