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Teen medical camp held at SOSU

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 6:44 PM CDT
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DURANT, Okla. (KXII) - OSU students are in Durant today giving high school students a chance to experience medical school firsthand. How far encouragement like this can take a student.

Southeastern Oklahoma State University and Oklahoma State University are hoping to pique the interest of area high school students to join the medical field with a free one-day camp called Operation Orange.

“They also do simulated procedures such as suturing, they do chest compressions. We also have our graduate programs here just to kind of showcase what we have on our campus,” said Dylan Tucker, Outreach Coordinator for the OSU Center for Health Sciences.

Tucker said this camp happens in 6 Oklahoma cities. This year they hope to spark interest in schools near Durant, Tahlequah and Ada.

“There is a shortage of physicians in rural Oklahoma and so one thing that we always like to do and that’s showcase in our mission to go to rural Oklahoma,” said Tucker.

Abby Davis is a second year medical student at OSU.

“As a current student it’s just so cool to give back in like an applicable, hands-on way. I feel like medical school can be kind of daunting and a bit spooky when it comes to classwork, but I think it’s so nice and helpful to show that it is a very fun career,” said Davis.

She said helping out with the camp is particularly near to her heart because she went to an Operation Orange in Stillwater when she was in high school.

“So, I feel like just playing a small role in encouraging someone to continue on this path, or providing some, yeah just encouragement that it’s possible,” said Davis.

“I’ve known what I wanted to do since I was probably 6 and I’ve always wanted to do it. So it’s helped a lot,” said high school student Gracie Phillips.

Phillips goes to school in Caddo.

“Looking at a brain today was awesome. It was something that you’ve never done before. It was cool,” said Phillips.

She plans to pursue her dream of becoming a veterinarian. She said she walked away Wednesday with more knowledge of the field and the connections that can help her get there.

“They make me want to push more with college and like want to go. And people here are so nice and kind it just makes it so much more worth it,” said Phillips.

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