Medical Camp Receives Clean Bill of Health

Medical Camp Receives Clean Bill of Health

As their senior project, Lovejoy seniors Sydney Fluker and Andee Richardson held Lovejoy Medical Camp at Lovejoy High School. Fluker said they chose this project because, “Lovejoy hasn’t ever offered a medical camp before. Medical classes aren’t offered until you come to high school and we thought it would be great to inform kids about the world of medicine.” The goal of the camp was to spark students’ interest and hopefully find their passion in the medical field.

Anika Gadamsetty learns how to properly suture a banana: Photo by Grace Nguyen

Anika Gadamsetty learns how to properly suture a banana: Photo by Grace Nguyen

During the five-day camp, they had a different theme for each day. Day one focused on diseases and disorders. Day two was “Doctor Day” where campers were taken through a day in the life of a doctor which included diagnosing patients. First aid was the focus of day three, basic CPR was taught, and Lucas Fire Rescue gave the campers a tour of a fire truck. Day four focused on body systems and anatomy. Day five was surgery day which included suturing bananas, making play-dough brain molds, properly putting on surgery gowns and playing a life size game of Operation. A pediatric critical care doctor and a dermatologist spoke to the students and helped on different days of the camp.

The camp was advertised through the Lovejoy newsletter, emailed to the 5th and 6th grade science teachers and shared on social media. The 12 students who attended the camp were comprised of 5th through 8th graders from both Lovejoy ISD and Allen ISD.

In one station, attendees played a life-size game of operation teaching kids how to operate and remove unwanted items: Photo by Grace Nguyen

In one station, attendees played a life-size game of operation teaching kids how to operate and remove unwanted items: Photo by Grace Nguyen

Fluker said she learned a lot while putting on this camp such as the importance of keeping the camp structured. “You have to keep them working on activity after activity. If they get antsy, have something that will allow them to get their energy out.” Richardson said taking on the role of a teacher was interesting. They feel they were well prepared for the camp.

Their favorite part of camp was seeing the kid’s excitement during camp and that they enjoyed doing the activities. They received praise from parents and LISD staff regarding the level of engagement of the campers and the overall organization of the camp. Their least favorite part of the camp was one day when the campers completed the planned activities quicker than anticipated. Fluker and Richardson quickly improvised medical-themed games which they played in the gym and the campers didn’t realize it wasn’t a regularly scheduled activity.

Advice they give to other students planning a senior project like this is to make sure you give yourself plenty of time to prepare and plan more activities than you think you will need. They started planning this camp in March. From April through June they structured their program.

To complete their senior projects, they will create a slide presentation and present their project to a board of judges. Documentation that will be included in the presentation are hours logged with their mentor and their budget.

Nick Dodda and Sera Muyco, along with a few other health services students, volunteered during the camp.

Kathryn Barnett, health services teacher, was the mentor for this project. She was the adult supervisor along with head athletic trainer and health science teacher Susan Smiley.  

Smiley was also a sounding board for the project, and she provided some of the games that were used in the camp. Regarding the Lovejoy Medical Camp, Smiley said, “I was excited they were doing this. We have kids who will benefit from it.” Smiley believes other students in her health science classes might enjoy doing this in the future as their senior project.

The cost to attend the camp was $50 per student. Since this was a Lovejoy enrichment camp, half of that fee was allocated to LISD. A camp t-shirt was included in the cost. LISD enrichment camps are usually more expensive than this. The lower rate was allowed since Barnett donated her time.

Richardson and Fluker are both considering careers in the medical field. Richardson is interested in pursuing a career in the field of pediatrics. Fluker is thinking about becoming either a physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner.

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