The Foster School of Medicine hosted two one-week summer medical camps for incoming and current high school students at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso campus. The camp came at no cost to students, thanks in large part to El Paso Electric. The camp – hosted annually by the Outreach Programs division of the Office of Admissions – provides career exploration in the medical field and ignites interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Summer Medical Camp alum and incoming Foster School of Medicine student Amanda Alfsen credits her journey into medicine to the experience and ensuing mentorship from the Office of Admissions.
Alfsen said the medical school’s guidance began years before she applied.
“The summer camp was the first glimpse of the medical field I ever received; it’s such an amazing opportunity for young students,” she said. “It’s easy to dismiss someone who’s so young when they say they want to be a physician. Instead, the summer camp gave us a sense of confidence and encouraged us to embark on the journey. Now, five years later, I have the opportunity to attend medical school – and not just any medical school, but the medical school that sparked my passion for medicine.”
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the camp went virtual in 2020. This year, it returned to in-person learning. Participants experienced a week of engaging field trips to facilities such as TTUHSC El Paso’s state-of- the-art TECHS simulation center and new Dental Learning Center, University Medical Center of El Paso, and advanced medical research labs.
The camp featured guest speakers from different health care specialties and college preparation workshops. Spots were limited to adhere to strict social distancing protocols and to encourage participation of selected campers.
Participants were selected based on the quality of their submitted application. Participation costs like lunch, snacks and all learning materials were provided at no cost as part of El Paso Electric’s premier sponsorship.
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