Men in Medicine Camp Expand Views About Careers in Healthcare Field | Families
By Daniel Daniels
Rising 9th through 12th grade boys had the opportunity to learn more about the healthcare field during the annual Career, Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE) Department camp Men in Medicine.
Held June 11-13 at Hutchings Career Center, the camp provided hands-on experiences, including learning about intubation, CPR, taking vital signs, filling a prescription, and starting an IV. Camp attendees also received lectures from professionals in the healthcare industry.
Hutchings Career Center Healthcare Science teacher and Registered Nurse Angelique Lattimore said the camp’s goal is to expand the young men’s views about a field typically dominated by women.
“What we’re trying to do is get more males into the healthcare pathway,” Ms. Lattimore said. “We’re trying to get them to think differently than what it used to be, because it’s a whole lot more than nursing.”
One guest speaker at the Men in Medicine camp was Rukiya Williams, who outlined the skills needed to work as a pharmacy technician. Ms. Williams instructed camp attendees in how to properly count medicine, the proper handling of instruments, and the speed that is expected when filling a prescription. Campers were then instructed to fill a proper prescription with the correct amount of capsules.
David Hudgins, a freshman at Howard High School, said he attended the camp because, “I thought it would be kind of cool to do something with medicine.”
When asked to describe the Men in Medicine camp to someone, David said, “I would tell them it was an interesting camp that really taught you a bunch of the basic stuff about medicine.”
Brandon Hill, a Northeast High School sophomore, attended the camp for a second time this year to review his skills because he plans to attend nursing school to become a Certified Nursing Assistant and then a Registered Nurse.
Ms. Lattimore said even if the campers choose not to pursue a healthcare pathway, the skills they learned during the camp will still be useful in the real world.
“For those that don’t want to go in to healthcare, I just hope that they take away the fact that – especially with CPR – that they at least learned how to save a life,” she said.