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Ti students experience health care careers

TICONDEROGA - Ticonderoga Middle School students got a close-up look at the health care industry when they visited Moses-Ludington Hospital in Ticonderoga recently.

Students took part in a Medical Academy of Science and Health (MASH) Camp.

"All the presentations were so dynamic," said Kathy Marshall, a teacher who accompanied the students along with Gillian Wright. "The kids were thrilled to actually participate in hands-on activities rather than just watch things happen."

Kishia Patenade, medical staff coordinator at Inter-Lakes Health, parent of MLH, said the MASH camp is designed to give students a glimpse at all the careers available in health care - from medicine to accounting.

"The camps give students a taste of the health care world," Patenade said. "And I think they have fun."

Ticonderoga brought 17 students who have expressed interest in health care professionals. Attending were Brianna Morse, Sara Plude, Jordan McKee, Marissa Thompson, Mackenzie Bright, Elliot Ahern, Adam Geiser, CJ Raymond, Skyler Gilbert, Victoria Sawyer, Ashlyn LaPerle, Miranda Holman, Katelyn Troche, Alyssa LaRock, Ashley Costello, Carly Pinkowski and Joann Campbell.

Holman, who is interested in veterinary science, was especially pleased with her visit to the radiology department. There students were able to X-ray things like teddy bears, micro chips and phones.

"It was really interesting," Holman said. "I learned a lot."

Wearing green scrub shirts and hospital ID badges, students from Ticonderoga visited various departments and participated in hands-on activities to learn about the many careers in healthcare.

The students were treated to breakfast and given free first-aid kits before embarking on a day-long series of programs, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation, respiratory therapy, physical and occupational therapy, infection control and casting.

They also toured the emergency room, laboratory, radiology department and nursing home.

MASH camps are a program of the Hudson Mohawk Area Health Education Center located in Queensbury and are a collaboration between HM AHEC, schools and Inter-Lakes Health.

"The camps are one component of a pipeline of programs offered by HM AHEC designed to introduce local youth to careers in healthcare," said Andrea Palmer, the program coordinator. "These camps provide students with a unique opportunity to meet health care professionals and participate in hands-on experiences that are fun and engaging."

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