Is your 8th or 9th grader interested in attending Cortland Regional’s MASH Camp next
year? Since 2002, Cortland Regional has hosted the MASH camp in collaboration
with the Central New York Area Health Education Center (CNYAHEC). Seventh
and eighth graders from around the region come to learn about the diverse
field of health care. By offering a fun, hands-on experience, kids can
explore the variety of roles within the healthcare field while getting
a glimpse of what
really happens inside hospital walls.
This year, Cortland Regional was fortunate enough to have a “man
on the street” to cover the event and report back. Allie Kololodziejczyk, a 10th grader from Tully high school, has spent the summer interning in the Marketing
and Communications department. Allie is very familiar with the hospital
- both her parents are employed at CRMC and she is a Teenage Volunteer.
Having attended MASH camp in the past, Allie jumped at the chance to report
on the event from a different perspective.
“On July 27th and 28th 7th and 8th graders interested in a career in healthcare came to Cortland
Regional Medical Center for a two day interactive camp. Campers learned
about all of the different services and departments within a hospital:
cardiac rehab, imaging, rehab services, nutrition services, maternity,
respiratory therapy, pharmacy, laboratory, nursing, emergency room and
the operating room. This was my second experience with MASH camp but this time as a reporter, not a participant. Going into this,
I thought I would only be writing down notes without really engaging.
I was surprised to find that I actually enjoyed it more this time around
than I did two years ago.
Why? This time I was able to see firsthand how interesting and valuable
this experience was for the campers who want to become doctors or nurses.
I witnessed their excitement during the variety of healthcare scenarios:
visiting a newborn baby; listening to the heartbeat of a baby still in
its mother’s womb; coming upon a mock car crash and trying to help.
For some of these campers, MASH camp was a dream come true. One of the
highlights of the two days was the fake emergency, where the kids had
to help treat actors with fake injuries. It got their heart pumping and
it was a great way to experience the stress of a real life emergency.
Following the fake emergency, they also got to see the Mercy Flight helicopter.
Those two days were full of so many interesting things, I found myself
listening carefully because I wanted to hear more. When I asked some of
the campers about the time spent, they said this experience made them
more excited about their future jobs. Overall, MASH camp is a unique experience
for everyone involved - campers, CRMC staff, and the reporter observing.
I had a wonderful time as did the campers. I hope that MASH camp continues
so more students can experience this wonderful program.”