Cortland Regional Medical Center recently hosted the 12th annual M.A.S.H.
Camp (Medical Academy of Science and Health) program for students entering 8th and 9thgrade. The event was sponsored by the Central New York Area Health Education
Center, First Niagara and the Cortland Community Fund.
Students participated in activities that enriched their knowledge of the
medical care profession through interactive, hands on activities. Participants
performed a mock surgery, experienced a mock birth using the hospital's
birthing simulator, and attended seminars and workshops given by professionals
in many different fields. Throughout the camp experience, students were
encouraged to ask questions about what it takes to become a health care
The first day featured a mock bus crash scene on the lawn, where students
formed response teams and used basic first aid supplies to treat victims.
The entire enactment, complete with a helicopter landing, helped demonstrate
how medical professionals handle an accident, from the first responders
to the emergency department to the respiratory therapists all the way
to the operating room.
Throughout the two-day program, teens observed CRMC professionals representing
departments including phlebotomy, nursing, surgery, emergency medicine
and pharmacy, among others. Daylong schedules included a cheek swab in
the pathology lab, a detailed look at specimens under a microscope, a
healthy-eating seminar, a look inside the heart, and even a trip to the morgue.
Students who have participated in this program have come away with a greater
understanding of the importance of each individual medical area and how
together; every discipline contributes to the overall operation of the
hospital. Cortland Regional Medical Center offers continued support toward
the mission of CNYAHEC to reduce the shortage of healthcare professionals
in the Central New York Area while exposing young people to potential
health care careers.