Medical Camp Helps Clarify Career Path
When Radford student Maya Navar was 7-years-old, her great grandpa died of cancer and she started wondering “Why”? Her quest for answers began, and turned into a love of science. The soon-to-be sophomore says she wants to become a biomedical engineer, which is a researcher who blends engineering into biology to advance medicine. This led Navar to attend Summer High School Med Camp at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso Paul L. Foster School of Medicine (PLFSOM). During this two-week camp, students go on field trips and hear from guest speakers from different medical areas and attend college preparation and resume writing workshops. After touring the Center on Emphasis in Cancer, Navar was elated. “It was cool getting to see how it would be like and all the effort that goes into finding a cure. Dr. Raj was amazing!” Navar was referring to Rajkumar Lakshmanaswamy, Ph.D., an associate professor in the center. Alongside was El Dorado High School student Paulina Torres, also preparing for her sophomore year. She said she attended camp because she knew she wanted to be a nurse, but wanted to be certain. After hearing from several Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing students at the camp, Torres said “They gave me reassurance.” With further clarity in achieving their goals – both students waited patiently as they prepared to learn the art and science of interviewing from PLFSOM students.