When Dee Dee Duncan and Angelene Matthews return to school this fall, they will have no problem completing the questions, “What did you do on your summer vacation?”
Both attended the Northeast Oregon Area Health Education Center’s 2018 MedQuest Camp at EOU in La Grande.
The 35 students in the camp spent a week exploring health care fields and being exposed to a variety of unique medical experiences. The session also included various types of healthcare training, individually tailored job shadows and tours of medical facilities.
Students completing grades 9-12 attended.
For Dee Dee, who will be a junior at Enterprise High School this fall, the experience helped solidify her desire to be a medical professional. Her goal is to be a pediatric nurse practitioner.
“I got to do a job shadow of a nurse practitioner who works with women and children,” Dee Dee said. “It was a super cool experience.”
She also participated in several other job shadows.
Angelene’s highlight was getting to sit in on a surgical procedure at Grande Ronde Hospital –– not from the balcony, but on the operating room floor.
She will also be a junior at Enterprise High School this fall and plans to become a pediatrician.
“I’ve been working with children for the past two years, and it’s something I enjoy,” she said. “Children and medicine are my passions, so it will be great to tie the two together.”
Angelene said the camp also opened up doors in the health care field she hadn’t previously known about.
Students are required to raise the $300 tuition for the program, but scholarships are available.
The next session will be held June 2019.