24 May MedQuest Camp to be held June 5-9
Students from a previous MedQuest camp.
By Max Johnston
Harney District Hospital is teaming up with the High Desert Partnership, Northeast Oregon Area Health Education Center (NEOAHEC), and local healthcare providers for the inaugural Frontier MedQuest program. The all-inclusive camp is designed to help Oregon high school students gain a better understanding of healthcare careers, specifically in frontier medicine. This program is a collaboration, striving to help students build relationships with mentors and develop team-building skills, and the community’s support is essential to its sustainability. The camp, which was generously supported by a grant from the Roundhouse Foundation, will be held from June 5-9, 2023.
Spanning five days and four nights, the camp provides students the opportunity to participate in a variety of unique medical experiences, including individually tailored job shadows, hands-on activities with local providers, tours of medical facilities, and much more. Campers will stay in the dormitory at Crane Union High School and enjoy a trip to the Crystal Crane Hot Springs. Alongside regular meals, campers will be treated to a community barbecue at a local ranch, and will receive a professional stethoscope and an introduction to CPR and first aid.
Spots were made available to students all across Oregon, with priority given to students from Harney County. This year, NEOAHEC welcomes 15 students, from eight Oregon counties, to camp. NEOAHEC selected applicants based on their GPA, grade level, motivation for healthcare, being underrepresented in healthcare, with priority given to those from Harney County. Several campers are local students, representing Burns High School, Crane Union High School, and Silvies River Charter School.
To learn more about MedQuest and NEOAHEC’s other programs, visit www.neoahec.org.