MASH Camp provides healthcare insights

Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Heather Phillips, health programs coordinator for the Southwest Missouri Area Health Education Center, used forceps to help incoming Monett High School freshman Nate Arnaud begin his dissection of a pig fetus, the final project in the three-day MASH Camp, held last week at Cox Monett Hospital. Murray Bishoff/

13 high school students participate in 2016 activity

Thirteen area high school students the Southwest Missouri Area Health Education Center's MASH Camp 2016, held last week at Cox Monett Hospital.

Geared as an introduction to the healthcare field, the camp introduced students to a wide range of topics packaged around engaging demonstrations.

According to Trisha Doering, director of AHEC, speakers this year represented the Barry-Lawrence Ambulance District, the Barry County Health Department, the Monett Fire Department, Access Family Care and Old Town Pharmacy. Cox Monett provided staff from its stroke and cardiac trauma service, emergency department, occupational therapy and speech pathology and radiology.

"Dr. Elizabeth Lucore [from Cox Monett] provided an introduction to osteopathic medicine," Doering said. "Dr. Armin Kamyab showed several suturing techniques."

Due to funding, attendance was limited to high school students this year.

"I thought it went really well," Doering added. "AHEC hosts the camp to increase awareness of the healthcare at a young age as a possible career option."