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Medical Student: Dalton Middle School Medical Camp
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Poster Title: Medical Student: Dalton Middle School Medical Camp
Submitted on 15 Oct 2019
Author(s): Maria Westerfield; Millie Foster; Giang Ha; Bailey Kernea; Sehar Lalani; Evan Miller; Betsy Smith, MD; Laura Bland
Affiliations: Mercer University School of Medicine
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Abstract: Dalton, Georgia contains a large population of Hispanics, many of whom do not pursue higher education and follow their parent’s footsteps into the carpet industry. The vision for this medical camp is to encourage rising 8th and 9th grade students to pursue careers in healthcare while also strengthening a community partnership between MUSM and Dalton residents, thus creating a potential pipeline for an underserved population and area of the state. A week-long day-camp was designed and implemented with activities and lectures demonstrating various medical fields. Hands-on learning opportunities were embedded into each day’s curriculum to allow students to develop skills in basic life support and first aid, sports medicine and physical therapy, proper hand-washing hygiene, history taking, vital sign acquisition, and organ system dissection. Using a pre- and post-survey evaluation, we were able to assess the students’ self-efficacy in future college plans and career goals, awareness of healthcare careers, and medical knowledge. Fischer analysis of survey results revealed that while there was no significant difference in pre- and post-survey data for student attitudes toward self-efficacy assessments, there was a significant difference showing positive gain of medical knowledge in terminology, skills, career options, and overall medical education. Free response feedback was positive and showed increased interest in pursuing a medical career in student futures. It is our hope that this camp will continue as an annual event that can further serve Georgia students and produce future healthcare providers who are compassionate with ties to serving underserved communities in our state. Summary: As a core mission of MUSM “to educate physicians and health professionals to meet the primary care and health care needs of rural and medically underserved areas of Georgia,” MUSM is initiating pipeline programs throughout the state to promote outreach to underserved populations.
References: 1. Frank Pajares, a. (1996). Self-Efficacy Beliefs in Academic Settings. Review Of Educational Research, (4), 543.
2. Palumbo, M., Rambur, B., McIntosh, B., & Naud, S. (2008). Perceptions of an ideal career versus perceptions of six health careers. Journal Of Allied Health, 37(1), 8-14.
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