The camp schedule included glimpses inside medical facilities from Grants Pass all the way to Enterprise, Oregon. Facilities that were featured allowed access to an orthopedic surgery, tours of rural, frontier, and tribal health clinics, emergency medicine, instruction on how to use a stethoscope, how to take blood pressure, a discussion about vaccines, a tour of the OHSU Tram, and interviews with OHSU medical and nursing students.
This year with the help of our sponsors, NEOAHEC was able to provide each student with a kit of diagnostic tools and supplies of their very own to learn with during camp.
"I loved how everyone had their own different stories and paths! I also loved that you guys explained the schooling, and the getting in part of medical school because I didn't really know a lot. Thank you for really encouraging us to continue exploring the medical field because anyone can do it!" added a camper.
MedQuest is a special experience for students, and offering it virtually has given more students the opportunity to participate! The NEOAHEC team looks forward to offering the camp in-person next year, but the team also looks forward to expanding partnerships to provide components of camp virtually to become more inclusive, providing the MedQuest pathway experience to as many as possible.
"The confidence that I saw students gain throughout the week of camp was priceless. It was important to me to make sure that I interviewed professional students who came from backgrounds similar to the students attending camp. Representation can be such a powerful tool to increase confidence throughout these competitive and challenging paths." added Hailey Hulse, MedQuest Camp Director.
Of the 58 students who participated in MedQuest this year, the camp had representation from the following Oregon towns: Albany, Ashland, Baker, Canby, Cornelius, Cove, Elgin, Forest Grove, Grants Pass, Happy Valley, Heppner, Hermiston, Hillsboro, Hood River, Island City, Joseph, Klamath Falls, La Grande, Long Creek, Medford, Mosier, North Bend, Pendleton, Portland, Riddle, Roseburg, Seaside, Summerville, Talent, Tigard, Union, Wood Village, Woodburn. Students from rural, frontier, urban and tribal communities attended the camp.
"My favorite content was hearing from future/current medical students who came from a rural area. To my knowledge there is no one from Jewell who has become a physician so in a way I thought maybe my dreams were unattainable. MedQuest proved to me that there was hope for students like me." added a student from Jewell High School.
We look forward to a hybrid model for camp next year, hopefully including an in person and virtual option for students. Our Camp Coordinators and Mentors were excited to share their thoughts about this years camp to make each year better and different.