MedStart Summer Camp Gives Students a Behind the Scenes Look at - KFBB.com News, Sports and Weather

MedStart Summer Camp Gives Students a Behind the Scenes Look at Medical Careers

Posted: Updated:

High school senior, Logan Olson from Westby, says he enrolled in MedStart Summer Camp because "I'm extremely interested in nursing and wanted more information".  He wants to be a nurse because he likes people, it pays well, and nurses are in such high demand that finding a job should be easy.

Latassa Thompson is a high school senior from Helena.  Her dream career is to be an epidemiologist, meaning she would research how to prevent and treat outbreaks of infectious diseases around the world.  She wants to do this to save lives.  Both of these students got a head start in their careers this week through a special summer camp.

MedStart is a free, highly competitive, annual summer camp for high school students hoping to enter the medical field.  Kailyn Dorhauer is the interim director for the North Central Area Health Education Center.  She says the camp is especially for students from rural areas, so they can see what opportunities are available and see that in Montana there is a huge shortage of healthcare providers.

For one week students learn about college life and what careers options are out there.  They live in dorms at the University of Great Falls and attend classes at Great Falls College MSU.  Dorhauer says exposure to multiple career fields is beneficial so instead of going to college for one thing, they're able to explore different careers and find what really fits their personality.

Job shadowing is the bulk of the camp where kids get a dose of reality and hands on training.  Dorhauer says, "they see these awesome careers and say I want to become a doctor, well what does it take to become a doctor. That's something that's tangible for them after this camp to know I need to take these science classes and community service projects, so they can make these ideas a reality".

Both Olson and Thompson found the job shadowing the most beneficial and interesting.  Thompson says, "it gives you a behind the scenes look because usually you only see what they do for you, not everything that goes into the care that they give you".  Olson says he didn't know for sure if nursing was the path he'd follow, but after the job shadowing he is sure.

The hope is that these students will discover options that are close to home, and perhaps solve the healthcare provider shortage in the treasure state.  Dorhauer says, "we follow the grow your own strategy so those who are raised in Montana are more likely to stay in Montana".

Students also attended lectures on the application and admissions process as well as financial aide, so they know exactly what their next steps are.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Bear attack west of Columbia Falls

    Bear attack west of Columbia Falls

    Sunday, November 11 2018 5:35 PM EST2018-11-11 22:35:17 GMT
    Sunday, November 11 2018 10:29 PM EST2018-11-12 03:29:23 GMT

    On November 11, 2018 at approximately 9 a.m. the Flathead County Sheriff's Office received a report of a Bear Attack just off Trumble Canyon Road north-west of Columbia Falls. The Flathead County Sheriff's Office's Facebook page says two males had reportedly been hunting when one of the males was attacked. Deputies from the Sheriff’s Office, North Valley Search and Rescue, the Two Bear Air Rescue Helicopter and ALERT responded. According to the sheriff's office, the victi...

    On November 11, 2018 at approximately 9 a.m. the Flathead County Sheriff's Office received a report of a Bear Attack just off Trumble Canyon Road north-west of Columbia Falls. The Flathead County Sheriff's Office's Facebook page says two males had reportedly been hunting when one of the males was attacked. Deputies from the Sheriff’s Office, North Valley Search and Rescue, the Two Bear Air Rescue Helicopter and ALERT responded. According to the sheriff's office, the victi...

  • Neighbors say two horses dead on property

    Neighbors say two horses dead on property

    Saturday, November 10 2018 5:50 PM EST2018-11-10 22:50:35 GMT
    Saturday, November 10 2018 7:46 PM EST2018-11-11 00:46:46 GMT
    Credit: Janet FulmerCredit: Janet Fulmer

    GREAT FALLS- As of lately we've covered several neglected and abused animal cases, and this evening we share with you another possible case. This time its horses left alone in freezing conditions causing them to die on an unknown property Surrounding neighbors told us they were in awe with what they saw in their backyards and said this could be happening due to people simply not being able to afford the upkeep on their own pets. Before you watch this, we do want to warn you these ima...

    GREAT FALLS- As of lately we've covered several neglected and abused animal cases, and this evening we share with you another possible case. This time its horses left alone in freezing conditions causing them to die on an unknown property Surrounding neighbors told us they were in awe with what they saw in their backyards and said this could be happening due to people simply not being able to afford the upkeep on their own pets. Before you watch this, we do want to warn you these ima...

  • Krauth facing child pornography charges

    Krauth facing child pornography charges

    Saturday, November 10 2018 3:45 PM EST2018-11-10 20:45:57 GMT
    Saturday, November 10 2018 3:48 PM EST2018-11-10 20:48:20 GMT

    The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced that Lothar Konrad Krauth, 80, of Great Falls, appeared on a criminal complaint before U.S. Magistrate Judge John T. Johnston on charges of receipt of child pornography. The complaint alleges the crime occurred from about Oct. 26, 2017 to Oct. 26, 2018 in Cascade County. The complaint is merely an accusation and Krauth is presumed innocent until proven guilty. If indicted and convicted of the charge in the complaint, Krauth faces a mi...

    The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced that Lothar Konrad Krauth, 80, of Great Falls, appeared on a criminal complaint before U.S. Magistrate Judge John T. Johnston on charges of receipt of child pornography. The complaint alleges the crime occurred from about Oct. 26, 2017 to Oct. 26, 2018 in Cascade County. The complaint is merely an accusation and Krauth is presumed innocent until proven guilty. If indicted and convicted of the charge in the complaint, Krauth faces a mi...

  • NewsMore>>

  • Bear attack west of Columbia Falls

    Bear attack west of Columbia Falls

    Sunday, November 11 2018 5:35 PM EST2018-11-11 22:35:17 GMT
    Sunday, November 11 2018 10:29 PM EST2018-11-12 03:29:23 GMT

    On November 11, 2018 at approximately 9 a.m. the Flathead County Sheriff's Office received a report of a Bear Attack just off Trumble Canyon Road north-west of Columbia Falls. The Flathead County Sheriff's Office's Facebook page says two males had reportedly been hunting when one of the males was attacked. Deputies from the Sheriff’s Office, North Valley Search and Rescue, the Two Bear Air Rescue Helicopter and ALERT responded. According to the sheriff's office, the victi...

    On November 11, 2018 at approximately 9 a.m. the Flathead County Sheriff's Office received a report of a Bear Attack just off Trumble Canyon Road north-west of Columbia Falls. The Flathead County Sheriff's Office's Facebook page says two males had reportedly been hunting when one of the males was attacked. Deputies from the Sheriff’s Office, North Valley Search and Rescue, the Two Bear Air Rescue Helicopter and ALERT responded. According to the sheriff's office, the victi...

  • Judge blocks further construction on Keystone XL Pipeline

    Judge blocks further construction on Keystone XL Pipeline

    Friday, November 9 2018 1:55 PM EST2018-11-09 18:55:40 GMT
    Friday, November 9 2018 1:55 PM EST2018-11-09 18:55:40 GMT

    UPDATE: A federal judge in Great Falls has blocked construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. 

    UPDATE: A federal judge in Great Falls has blocked construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. 

  • Montana vote totals, absentee returns set state records

    Montana vote totals, absentee returns set state records

    Friday, November 9 2018 1:30 PM EST2018-11-09 18:30:35 GMT

    More voters cast ballots in this week's election than any other midterm in Montana history, and only two presidential elections have had higher voter numbers.

    More voters cast ballots in this week's election than any other midterm in Montana history, and only two presidential elections have had higher voter numbers.

  • The New Frontier: From Golden Arches to Sea Floors

    The New Frontier: From Golden Arches to Sea Floors

    Sunday, November 4 2018 6:49 PM EST2018-11-04 23:49:35 GMT
    Sunday, November 4 2018 7:52 PM EST2018-11-05 00:52:44 GMT

    "People ask me that all the time, what’s the yellow stuff that I see occasionally as I drive across the state. Odds are that's canola." In 2017, over 100,000 acres of canola was grown in Montana, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. That may seem like nothing compared to the millions of acres we usually see of wheat, barley, and pulse crops. But in reality, even if we don't know it, most of us consume canola oil in some form every day. "Yea...

    "People ask me that all the time, what’s the yellow stuff that I see occasionally as I drive across the state. Odds are that's canola." In 2017, over 100,000 acres of canola was grown in Montana, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. That may seem like nothing compared to the millions of acres we usually see of wheat, barley, and pulse crops. But in reality, even if we don't know it, most of us consume canola oil in some form every day. "Yea...

Powered by Frankly
Copyright - All content © 2001 - 2018. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.