During a two-week period from June 3-14, 12 high school students on the Grand Prairie, who are planning a future in the health field, received hands-on experience to last a lifetime.
These students embarked on the Medical Applications of Science for Health (MASH) program designed to give students a glimpse at a health career by learning from health care professional in their respective fields.
"This year I had both girls and boys, who were very interested in these programs and the information they learned in the medical field," Crystal Purvis, MASH coordinator at Baptist Health Medical Center (BHMC), said.
The activities during the program included:
• A dissection and instruction of cow hearts with Dr. Kirk Coker and sutured pig's feet with Dr. Eddy Hord at the Grand Prairie Center.
• A field trip to MASH Crash in PineBluff, the White River Nature Center in Pine Bluff and the Springbrook Nursing Home and Rehabilitation center in Hazen.
• An assimilation lab and pharmacy lab at UAMS.
• A healthy eating demonstration by Ashten Adamson, of Arkansas County Partners in Health, and Shannon Borchert with the Arkansas Department of Health.
• A tour of the physical therapy room at BHMC.
• A variety of speakers including Lee Ann Mercer, ATV/injury prevention at UAMS; Amy Jo Jones, Life of a Flight Nurse; and segments on infection prevention by Cindy Rodriquez and Gayla Goetz, of the Medicine Assitance program and a Car Seat Safety Certification.
"It was an incredibly busy two weeks," Purvis said. "The students learned a great deall."
Randa Hitchcock, administrative assistant to the director of nursing, assisted with the program and accompanied many of the students on the field trips.
This year's MASH participants were Blake Bowen, Drew Dillion, Maggie Holzhauer and Savannah Bisswanger, of DeWitt; Jayda Williams, Ebin Bland and Bake Johnson, of Stuttgart;McKayla Prince and Cody Bowlan, of Carlisle; Kayli Smith, of Hazen; Natalie Sanner, of Des Arc; and Larenz Hampton, of Clarendon.