State high schoolers examine medical training at Cameron
A group of high school students received some hands-on medical training Thursday at Cameron University during the fourth annual Oklahoma State University Operation Orange summer camp.
Around 100 students attended the camp, which was designed to give those interested in studying in the medical field a taste of what to expect. Jessica Bradley, special projects coordinator, said the camp really helps students decide if the medical field is right for them. "We try to give them a taste of what it's like to be a student in med school," she said. "It's difficult and it's not for everyone, so this helps them decide if it's what they want to do.”
After a short lecture session in the morning, the students were divided into groups and rotated among four stations that were manned by second-year med school students. Each was interactive and offered a different aspect of medical school and training they would need in the medical field, including intubation, resuscitation and listening to heartbeats and breathing patterns. Bradley said the students also had the chance to get an intimate look at real bodily organs.
"We have a good human heart and an enlarged heart," she said. "We have a human brain and a smoker's lung and healthy lung, so they can see the effects of smoking."
The students spent about 25 minutes at each station before rotating. Walters High School student Cheyanne Hill partnered with Baylor Naul and Sahara Coffey, two students from Konawa, on an intubation station. The three took turns intubating a dummy the same way they would a patient not able to breath on his or her own.
"This is good experience to have if we're going into medical school," Hill said. "It's something I've always thought about doing and I've already learned so much here."