Forget friendship bracelets and polar bear swims. The 20 high school students who attended Albany Medical College’s MedQuest Camp in July took a journey that led them straight to the heart of what it means to be a health care professional. The Albany Medical College Office of Community Outreach and Medical Education, together with Catskill-Hudson and Hudson-Mohawk Area Health Education Centers, sponsored the annual week-long event, which focused on cardiac care this year. The students learned CPR, talked with several health care professionals, including surgeons, nurses, PAs and rehab specialists, and toured the Emergency Department and an ambulance before working with patient-actors in their final exercise.
The week culminated with a staged cardiac event in Albany Med’s simulation center (see photo), which involved more than 20 Albany Med staff and gave campers an opportunity to put their skills to the test.
Participants came from nine regional high schools; some as close as Albany and Guilderland, others as far as Newburgh and Middletown. “We always look for a mix of urban, suburban and rural students,” said Marva Richards, director of Community Outreach and Service Learning at Albany Medical College. “We like for them to see that they have so much in common, even though they come from different places.”