MD Camp is an exciting three-week summer program at the Ohio State University College of Medicine. Designed for high schoolers who are considering attending medical school, the camp is an introduction to medicine, surgery and hot topics in health care.
Over the course of three weeks, campers meet many Ohio State physicians, who provide introductions to topics ranging from cardiology, immunology, HIV, bacteria, fungus and heart disease, to racial disparities in cardiovascular care, and overall global health. Many of the sessions are taught by current Ohio State medical students.
“We need more representation in the medical field because academic systems often fail people of color, who already have to face more hurdles in life… the sooner we have doctors that reflect the patient population, the sooner we can better treat those patients,” says College of Medicine student Emma Barrett, who helped organized this year’s camp.
The College of Medicine has been offering this camp since 2004 with the goal of increasing diversity in students applying to medical school. And it seems like it might be making an impact: U.S. News & World Report recently ranked The Ohio State University College of Medicine #2 among U.S. and Canadian medical schools for the number of African-American students enrolled (excluding historically Black colleges and universities).