K–12 Outreach: Scrubs Camp 2014
Scrubs Camps 2014
Choose a Scrubs Camp to attend this summer. Registration opens January 15, 2014. Live on campus at WSU Scrubs Camp, while Saint Paul College and Urban Scrubs Camps offer day camps.
High school students will:
- Participate in hands-on healthcare activities
- Learn about health-related careers
- Interact with healthcare professionals
- Experience college life
WSU Scrubs Camp 2014
June 22–27, 2014
Winona State University
|Registration information coming mid-January, 2014|
Urban Scrubs Camp 2014
July 7–11, 2014
|Registration information coming mid-January, 2014|
Saint Paul College Scrubs Camp 2014
July 21-24, 2014
Saint Paul College
|2014 registration information coming soon.|
Scholarships are available. Please contact HealthForce for more information.
Scrubs Camp: Building a Healthcare Workforce
“Eeeuuuww, that stinks!” come the cries.
“No, really, man, it’s the best! This looks and smells like the real thing!”
“But it’s so gross,” come the retorts.
“It’s supposed to be. It’s puke.”
“Not puke,” corrects the instructor. “Emesis.”
“Yeah, Sandy, emesis, not puke.”
It’s voting time at the Scrubs Camp moulage class. For the previous hour, from everyday kitchen supplies, students have been concocting blood, meconium (a baby’s first stool), scars and yes, emesis, as part of their healthcare simulation lab. The students look at the baby diapers, at the blood soaked pads, at each other’s limbs covered with staged bruises and burns, and smell the emesis so they can vote on the most realistic submissions.
Moulage is created to enhance simulated training of medical and military personnel. This can range from applying latex “wounds” to healthy arms or adding “blood” and “emesis” to a training simulation. Healthcare educators use moulage to create medical experiences in simulation labs so that students can make mistakes and learn from them.
The mobile simulation lab from Ridgewater College is where they go next, where they will deliver Noelle’s (one of the simulation models) baby and then try to save her husband, Ron (another simulation model) from cardiac arrest. Roland, one the Augsburg campers, gets so caught up in Noelle’s labor that he holds her hand and is heard murmuring, “Come on, Noelle. You can do it. You’re almost done. You can do it.” Three minutes later, Noelle’s healthy baby is delivered by one of the Scrubs Camp students who is taking on the role of MD in the scenario.
Moulage and the simulation lab are just two of the 31 classes that students may choose to attend as part of the Augsburg College weeklong Urban Scrubs Camp. “We expose our campers to over 30 sessions that include a wide variety of career options in healthcare,” explained Jane Foote, executive director of HealthForce Minnesota, the MNSCU healthcare center of excellence that has been coordinating Scrubs Camp since 2008.
“They do lab tests to learn how to type blood, enter data into electronic medical records, learn about mental health issues, explore dentistry. They wear their scrubs the entire week so they can get a real feel for whether healthcare is a field they want to get into. By imagining themselves in the attire, they try on college and healthcare occupations.”
Scrubs Camp, medical camps, or healthcare camps are becoming a popular way to build a pipeline to get young people interested in healthcare careers. The implementation of the Affordable Care Act not only needs more people to enter the healthcare workforce, it needs a more diverse workforce. HealthForce Minnesota implemented the first Scrubs Camp at Winona State University in 2008. Two years later, Urban Scrubs Camp was held at Augsburg College. The WSU Scrubs Camp averages close to 30% campers of color; Urban Scrubs Camp averages twice that number.
“We had sixty students at Urban Scrubs Camp this year,” continued Jane Foote. “Seventy percent of them are students of color. At our first session I asked how many spoke a language other than English and I couldn’t believe the number of hands that went up—Nepalese, Japanese, Spanish, Chinese, Oromo, Hmong, Korean and Amharic!”
“These students are our future workforce,” noted Laura Beeth, System Director Talent Acquisition for Fairview Health Systems, one of the partners that sponsors the Camps. “One of our important workforce strategies is to develop and recruit future employees from our back yard. We want our employees to mirror the patients they will care for.”
“The Affordable Care Act is forcing changes in the delivery of healthcare, which in turn will change the healthcare workforce," observed Jane Foote. "We need roles we don’t even know yet and people to do them that look like the community we serve. We need to focus on keeping people healthy and increasing access to affordable quality healthcare.”
The growth of the aging population provides another example of how changing healthcare needs results in class additions at Scrubs Camp. A favorite Scrubs Camp class involves donning “aging suits.” The suits are designed to make the wearer understand (and sympathize with) the physical limitations of aging people. In their suits, students were directed to fall down and then try to get up. “I couldn’t believe it,” remarked one Winona State camper. “I thought it was going to be easy, until I was down there on the floor and I could barely move.”
Other healthcare camps operate around the country, run by a variety of entities, targeting differing audiences. The University of South Dakota runs a five-day Healthcare Careers Summer Camp at its Vermillion campus. South Dakota’s department of health runs a dozen one-day camps around the state annually to encourage students to investigate healthcare career opportunities. AHECs (Area Health Education Centers) around the country run health careers camps.
“We have extraordinary partnerships here in Minnesota,” acknowledged Jane Foote. “Everyone shares human and fiscal resources and the result is the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. The kids talk about the Camp as having changed their lives—opened them up to experiences they’d never thought of. Employers give tours, teach classes, donate supplies, provide scholarships. The schools open up their campuses, send faculty. The community has been very generous—camp scholarships fund 70% of the students at our Urban Scrubs Camp and 50% of our Winona Scrubs Camp. My goal is that every student who wants to attend and needs assistance gets it."
“Most of our camps have been targeted to high school students, but we’ve also run shorter two or three-day Middle School Scrubs Camps for middle school students," said Foote. "We've also held Adult Scrubs Camp that focuses on opportunities for career changes with displaced and underemployed workers. Adults loved it, especially the anatomy lab. It gave them a chance to see if healthcare was a field they wanted to retrain for.
"Minneapolis piloted an after school Scrubs Camp a couple of years ago. However, I think the week-long immersion gives the campers a real taste of what studying in the healthcare field in college would be like. Envisioning their future is a goal of all the Scrubs Camp experiences.”
In an effort to determine the extent Scrubs Camps are expanding the healthcare pipeline and building a more diverse workforce, HealthForce Minnesota surveys its campers, both before and after the Camps. Students are asked what they liked and didn’t like (from food to classes), as well as how the experience changed them.
Most of the students who sign up for Scrubs Camp are predisposed to math and science. One of the things the surveys show is how critical they learned that math and science were to the careers they learned about at Camp, particularly for the 67 Urban Scrubs Campers of 2012. The percentage of those who said they very likely to take a math class like algebra, geometry or pre-calculus increased from 69% to 82%.
Where are the students several years after Camp?
HealthForce Minnesota was able to reach 35% (N=115) of students who had attended Scrubs Camps between 2009-2011 to find out what they were doing currently and how they looked back on their experiences. The students were primarily high school sophomores and juniors when they attended Camp and won’t be in the workforce for several more years. Fifty-eight percent were in college. Thirty nine percent were still in high school. Eighty one (70%) were either planning to or were already studying a health-related field in college. Two were working in the field. Another 15 weren’t sure and 18 had ruled out entering a health-related field.
All of them credited Scrubs Camp with helping them making their choices about pursuing healthcare or moving in another direction. Dissecting a sheep’s heart, seeing a cadaver, identifying herbal remedies with a Native American herbalist, delivering a simulated baby remained vivid memories two and three years later. Gabriela Munoz Meza, attending St. Catherine’s University for nursing, said what a lot of those students who had chosen healthcare careers said, “The simulation lab was an experience I wouldn’t have gotten in high school and it was a great experience. I was interested in nursing before attending Camp, but the Camp made my interest in nursing stronger.”
Scrubs Camp lets teens eye health careers
Students learned how to insert an IV into a mock arm during instruction time as part of the Scrubs Camp.
Original image By Elizabeth Flores, copyright Star Tribune
The teenagers in maroon scrubs and ID badges surrounded the patient who lay, blinking his eyes, on the gurney.
"He's going to make it or not depending on what you guys do today," their instructor bellowed.
The patient, SimMan, was a highly lifelike dummy used to train aspiring health care workers how to treat medical emergencies.
On Tuesday his fate was in the hands of about 70 high school students from Minneapolis and St. Paul. They came to the Augsburg College campus in Minneapolis this week to participate in the first-ever urban version of Scrubs Camp.
Organizers say their mission is twofold: to encourage more students to consider health care careers and to expose them to college life.
HealthForce Minnesota, a coalition of education, industry and community partners created to swell the ranks of health care workers, started Scrubs Camp two years ago at Winona State University.
This year, HealthForce teamed up with the Cedar-Riverside Partnership, a neighborhood coalition, to offer the camp to inner-city kids.
"We're trying to shape their notion of a future," said Paul Pribbenow, president of Augsburg and chairman of the Cedar-Riverside Partnership. "It's an intensive opportunity to begin to imagine yourselves being able to follow a certain path to a job."
Since Sunday the students have been living in the residence halls, dining in the cafeteria and attending classes. Sessions included "DNA in Action" and "Anatomy in Clay."
The campers also toured the University of Minnesota campus and traveled to Fort Snelling State Park, where they learned about performing first aid in the wilderness.
Mohamed Mohamed, 15, who lives in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, said before he attended the camp, he was thinking about becoming an engineer. After seeing the College of Biological Sciences building at the university, however, he's changed his mind. He says he's now contemplating a health career.
Mohamed, a Somali refugee who would be the first in his family to go to college, was one of about 20 to 25 students from the neighborhood who signed up for the camp. The Cedar-Riverside area is home to thousands of East African immigrants, mainly Somali refugees and their children.
Steering kids on right path
Helping area youths stay out of trouble and secure their future was one of the main goals Cedar-Riverside Partnership leaders had when they approached HealthForce Minnesota about starting Scrubs Camp at Augsburg.
Partnership leaders, concerned about young people dropping out of high school or getting caught up in gangs, wanted to find a way to get more neighborhood youth on a successful and safe path. Augsburg officials offered to pay the camp fee for students living in the neighborhood.
Pribbenow said he was pleased with the number of neighborhood youths involved in the camp this year.
"We know a lot of it is getting that first experience," he said. "They'll go back and tell their friends. A lot of it is knowing you have to build that trust with the families in the neighborhood. This is a long-term commitment."
Several of the campers came from the Brian Coyle Center's youth programs, said the center's youth director, Abdirahman Mukhtar.
So many of the kids would be the first ones in their family to attend college, he said.
"Here, they're learning about their options for higher education," he said.
Back in the nursing simulation class, the campers frantically worked to revive SimMan, who, they learned, had suffered a heart attack. They checked his pulse, gave him oxygen, inserted a breathing tube down his throat and administered CPR.
When the nearby heart monitor showed his heart rate was back to normal, the students exhaled. One girl clapped.
"Congratulations," their instructor, Ron Flannigan, told them. "You saved a life today."
Allie Shah • 612-673-4488
Original article copyright Star Tribune.
Shah, Allie. “Scrubs Camp lets teens eye health careers”
4 Aug 2010.