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NOVA and Virginia Hospital Center to offer Camp Med 2013

Middle school-aged students to get hands-on experience in healthcare

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) and Virginia Hospital Center will partner again this year to offer middle school-aged students interested in healthcare, the opportunity to learn about various medical professions first-hand.

Camp Med’s second camp session runs August 12 through 16 and is for rising 8th and 9th graders. Each session lasts from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Students will spend Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Virginia Hospital Center, 1825 N. George Mason Drive; and they will spend Tuesday and Thursday at NOVA’s Medical Education Campus (MEC), 6699 Springfield Center Drive, Springfield.

The extremely sought-after camp, funded by a grant from the Virginia Hospital Association, was started 10 years ago by Mary Ellen Gannon, RN, the director of education for Virginia Hospital Center. A year later, Gannon partnered with NOVA’s Medical Education Campus to work together on the camp.

Twenty students from as far as Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Richmond participate in the camps. Students spend Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the hospital rotating through the various departments such as the Operating Room, Emergency Room, Rehabilitation, Catheterization Lab and Radiology.

On Tuesday and Thursday, the students are transported over to the MEC where half the group receives their Basic Life Support/CPR certification while the other half has the opportunity to participate in a Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) scenario. On the second day at the MEC, the groups switch.

Students also get the opportunity to experience what it is like to be a first-responder such as Police, or EMT’s, Medical Laboratory Technician, Nurse, Respiratory Therapist, and Radiography Tech.

For more information, contact Kathy Thompson at 703-822-0047 or kthompson@nvcc.edu.

Media Contact: Jessica Baxter | 703.323.3288 | jbaxter@nvcc.edu

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.

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