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APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications will be available in early 2019 – deadline TBD
Every summer since 1988, hundreds of high school students in Arkansas have donned surgical scrubs or lab coats at UAMS Regional Centers and community hospitals across the state in order to learn more about health careers. The Medical Applications of Science for Health (M*A*S*H) Program encourages young people to explore the application of scientific theories and concepts to real-life healthcare fields and scenarios. Through a variety of experiences, students interact with health care practitioners such as physicians, nurses, physician assistants, medical and radiologic technologists, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, and dietitians, among others. Emphasis is placed on how the different professions function both individually and as part of an overall interdisciplinary team approach to health care.
During this two-week summer day camp, students complete certification in Basic First Aid and CPR and learn the importance of healthy lifestyle habits. Reinforcement of the connection between the basic sciences and medical diagnosis and treatment occurs through lectures, labs, hands-on activities, facility tours, clinical interaction and job shadowing. Exposure to different health professions is an integral part of the M*A*S*H experience. Students learn to identify various health care disciplines, what they do, how they relate to one another, and how the fundamentals of anatomy, biology, pharmacology, and physiology apply to each discipline. Program evaluations indicate that as a result of M*A*S*H, participants are more likely to pursue health careers, primary care, and practice in rural or underserved areas.
- Students must have completed high school Biology prior to participating in M*A*S*H.
- Students must have 2 letters of recommendation from a science teacher and/or school counselor.
- Students should be in 10th and 11th grade at the time of application, to participate in a summer camp prior to their 11th or 12th-grade year.
- Students must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.
- Students must currently be enrolled in a public, private, or homeschool program located in Columbia or Lafayette county.
- All participating students must complete, sign, and return to the director all required paperwork and consent forms by designated deadlines.