Grade 10 Iroquois Falls Secondary School student, Jola McLaren, has been chosen to attend the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) summer camp for high school students this coming July. This year will mark the fourteenth time that NOSM has hosted week-long summer camps for high school students interested in a career in health care. Formerly known as NOSM's Health Sciences Summer Camp, CampMed features new branding and a renewed focus on four core learning areas.
CampMed is founded on four pillars of learning:
- lnterprofessional: Participants attending CampMed learn the importance of interprofessionalism in health-care settings by learning about various health careers and how those professionals work together to ensure the well-being and health of patients. The majority of the interprofessional learning at CampMed is provided by the health-care professionals who participate in the career fair as well as their mentors who are the NOSM's students and undergraduate student volunteers from Northern Ontario.
- Leadership: Throughout the week, the CampMed participants are provided with opportunities to observe the leadership skills of their mentors to build on their own leadership skills set as they are placed in situations that give them a safe setting to step out of their comfort zone and challenge themselves to lead.
- Cultural: At CampMed, participants will learn about Francophone and Indigenous health and culture in ways that will broaden their understanding of health needs of Northern Ontario. In simple terms they learn what it means to be a socially accountable health professional. These cultural competencies are woven throughout the week-long curriculum.
- Clinical skills: CampMed offers participants a unique opportunity to get hands-on experience by learning medical and health sciences clinical skills, such as casting, inserting an NG tube, suturing, etc.
NOSM's CampMed is open to applications from any student going into grades 10 and 11 in September of the year of camp. Students must reside in in Northern Ontario or other rural and remote parts of Canada. They must complete an application form, write three essays, and obtain an education letter of reference. Selected applicants are required to submit a registration fee of $400, which includes the week activities as well as lunches and snacks. Transportation and accommodation are the responsibility of the participant. Jola was also the lucky recipient of a $200
Registration Bursary. We wish Jola the best of luck and an enjoyable experience at this summer's NOSM's CampMed!