LIMA — Hunter Sidle has hopes of becoming a doctor someday.
The recently graduated 8th-grader from Allen East recently returned from Camp Med at the University of Toledo.
According to their website, CampMed is a two-day intensive summer educational experience that stimulates interest in science and medicine for students entering 9th grade. This program allows students to experience firsthand what it is like to be a doctor. Preference is given to first-generation college, under-represented, rural, and minority groups. Students must demonstrate achievement in science and have an intense interest in medicine as a possible career.
The camp is administered and sponsored by the University of Toledo College of Medicine & Life Sciences Area Health Education Centers.
“I want to be a surgeon, preferably a heart surgeon. “It just interests me. I’ve always known I’ve wanted to be a surgeon,” Sidle said.
Sidle says he was inspired to seek out the medical profession and cited two aunts who are nurses. His mom noticed his interest in the medical field.
“I would say the past few years he has definitely been interested in math and science fields, and he started to say he was a little bit interested in something with medicine but didn’t really narrow down any specifics until maybe last year when he started talking about becoming a surgeon,” said Jacklyn Smith, Hunter’s mother.
CampMed puts students through the paces of a practicing physician. One the first day, students are assigned to teams that are guided by professors, medical students, and physicians. During the two days, there are many hands-on activities where students get an up-close look at diagnostic, treatment and laboratory settings. A series of laboratory sessions give students scientific experience in anatomy, molecular physiology, pharmacology, neurobiology, pathology and physical diagnosis.
Sidle says he got a lot out of the program.
“I think it was a really good program. We learned how to do stitches, how to put on and take off casts. We learned how to do CPR, the Heimlich [Maneuver]. We learned what happens every day in the ER and Lifeflight,” he said.
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