2016 Summer Camp Recap
This past summer, the University of Kentucky Area Health Education Center (AHEC) sponsored the four-week Summer Enrichment Program Camp for rising high school juniors and the two-week Health Researchers Youth Academy camp for rising high school seniors.
After a rigorous application process that included student transcripts, letters of recommendation, a personal statement and a list of their school activities, 60 students were selected for the camps. Those selected represented counties and cities big and small throughout the state. The students were selected by a group of individuals representing members from the AHEC regional centers throughout the state, UK faculty and staff.
For the last eight years, the camps have been held on the UK medical campus with the goal of introducing students to college life and to help them network with different health colleges. They take classes in Physiology, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. They were able to listen to speakers from dietetics, pediatric medicine, pharmacy, public health and safety, as well as other fields of study about their research and the road to their career. Students were also able to view a live pediatric surgery through video conferencing and were able to ask the surgeon questions during and after the surgery.
The role of the UK AHEC has been to develop a camp that encourages students to follow through on their desire to become a health professional. We have testimonials from former campers stating that the camps were instrumental in providing them that opportunity.
For additional information contact Michael Witt, UK AHEC Health Education Coordinator at 859-323-1378 or Michael.Witt@uky.edu.
Special thanks to the UK AHEC staff of Cathy Ward, Janet Jones, Emily Chambers, Carlos Marin and Debbie Duff for their support during the camps.