Each summer, the OSU College of Medicine hosts MD Camp -- an intensive, three-week introduction to medicine for under-represented and/or disadvantaged high school juniors and seniors in the Columbus area. The goal of MD Camp is to foster a greater love of education and a passion for discovery, as well as to expose pre-college students to the rigors of medical education and practice. For most, it may be the first experience they will have with medicine and medical practice.
"We aim to increase the number of African American, Latino, and Native American physicians by increasing their exposure to medicine and the resources available to them in this stage of their educational careers," explains Michelle Hjelm, director of the OSU College of Medicine 2010 MD Camp experience. "Our three-week curriculum includes clinical workshops, physician shadowing, research experiments and clinical case studies."
Created through the initiative of Jeff Pettey, an OSU College of Medicine alumnus, MD Camp is now in its seventh year. Besides the sponsorship of The Ohio State University College of Medicine and oversight by Muntaqima Furqan, Associate Director for the Office of Diversity and Cultural Affairs, MD Camp is entirely student-run and organized. In addition to its other tasks, the MD Camp committee, composed this year of five first-year medical students, is responsible for planning the curriculum, recruiting participants, preparing the budget, soliciting financial assistance, arranging physician and research shadowing, and finding volunteers to lecture or or pose as mock patients in clinical scenarios.
"This camp has been a tremendous experience for me personally," comments Hjelm. "Seeing the impact we have made on these students is incredible."
The 23 high school seniors and juniors who attend MD Camp are selected based on academic achievement, letters of recommendation from their teachers, essays, and a personal interview.
To find out more about MD Camp, contact Muntaqima Furqan at (614) 688-8489, or Muntaqima.Furqan@osumc.edu.