Local students get hands on look at medical professions as part of camp

FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - Twenty-two high school students from around the region are using this summer to figure out what they want to do later in life; with some looking at jobs in health care.

NDSU and Sanford Health partnered to host H.O.P.E. Camp. This is the 6th year of the camp.

H.O.P.E. stands for health occupations and professions exploration.

From seeing surgical suites to cancer treatment areas to cardiac care, the program is designed to give them a real life look at certain medical professions.

Over the 4 day camp students learned about oncology, radiology, sonography, pathology, among other fields.

“I wish they would have had this camp when I was a kid,” Susie Munier says. Susie Munier is a Career Development Consultant with Sanford and says programs like this give students valuable hands on experience.

“We try to touch about 18 to 20 different career areas for the kids so they can decide what they like and what they don’t like,” Munier continued.

Some students like Jacie Osier, a 17-year-old from Kindred, North Dakota says, she loves getting the hands-on involvement.

“It was awesome. I haven’t been here before. I've seen it, driving by, but I've never been inside and it was really interesting to see what’s all in here and what you can all do." Osier said.

The students also learned the education options that are available in these fields from certificate programs to doctoral degrees.