Help introduce a Columbus-area youth to the medical profession by supporting MD Camp tuition.
MD Camp has been introducing Columbus area high school students to medicine as a career path since 2004. The medical student-run summer program at The Ohio State University College of Medicine allows medically underrepresented and disadvantaged juniors and seniors to experience three weeks of intense learning.
A committee of first-year medical students takes on the challenge of planning the curriculum, recruiting participants, securing financial assistance, arranging physician and research shadowing, and finding volunteers. The three week schedule mimics that of first-year medical students and even includes a cumulative exam to test the campers’ comprehension.
The curriculum also addresses community health issues in order to educate the students about the health disparities present in Columbus. In addition, MD camp provides hands-on experiences, physician shadowing in the hospital setting, scientific research exposure, and a community service project. These unique opportunities and challenges are designed to spark interest and passion for the medical profession.
One of MD Camp’s main goals is to make the experience free for all of the students it accepts. This year, the MD Camp committee is embarking on a new fundraising effort in order to make this possible. They are seeking the assistance of alumni who would be willing to sponsor an MD camper.
One students MD camp tuition is $700, but a gift in any amount would be extremely helpful,” said Necrisha Roach, a current first-year medical student who serves on the MD Camp planning committee. “This is a remarkable opportunity to make an indelible impact in the life of a young person.”