UC SOP Offers Summer Camp for High School Students

Through a grant by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy is able to contribute to a goal of increasing the number of West Virginia high school students who are exposed to health care careers. With the funds, the UC SOP is hosting an EPIC summer camp (E.xploring P.rofessions in H.ealth C.are) Sunday, June 22 – Friday, June 27, 2014. All activities will be held on UC’s campus and the camp is 100% FREE to the student….that’s right, all meals, lodging, and camp activities are covered by the program!

epicThe impetus for offering this camp experience was based on a work force demand analysis document released from the West Virginia Rural Health Association, entitled Health Care in West Virginia. The analysis examined the needs of the West Virginia population in relation to the health care work force in the state.  The document concluded that presently a shortage of 487 primary care physicians in West Virginia exists, which translates into $430 million in lost revenue and 11,000 lost jobs for West Virginia.  The shortage is especially significant in southern West Virginia.

Research indicates people from rural areas, who pursue health care careers, return to rural areas to work upon completion of their education.

In addition to using survey methodologies for this project, the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy, Physician Assistant and Nursing programs will host this week-long Health Care Enrichment camp in an effort to expose dozens of rising high school juniors from southern West Virginia to various health care professions.  The camp will provide students with knowledge and active learning opportunities from health professions such as pharmacy, family medicine, dentistry, physician assistant, nursing, and radiological sciences.

Dr. David Latif, UCOSP Professor and Chair of the UC West Virginia Rural Healthcare Grant Committee stated “Part of our mission is “to serve the community as leaders in rural health.”  We feel honored and excited that we are doing this because we truly want to make a positive impact on the citizens of southern West Virginia.”

The camp is an incredible opportunity for high school students considering a career in health care. The application process is simple and the deadline for submission is Thursday, May 15, 2014. There is an application and one letter of recommendation from the student’s science teacher that is required. This information can be found on the following website: http://www.ucwv.edu/epic .

If you have specific questions about the program, please feel free to contact Dr. David Latif, EPIC summer camp coordinator at: davidlatif@ucwv.edu or (304) 357-4354.

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