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UW Camp Gives Students Opportunities to Learn About Health Care Careers

August 7, 2018
Two teenage girls working with a woman in a lab
High school students, from left, Julia Burrows, from Casper, and Courtney Jeunehomme, from Thermopolis, work with University of Wyoming lab assistant Kirsten Valcic to begin the process of making an insect repellent stick while attending the recent UW Health Care Careers Summer Camp. (UW Photo)

Sixty-five high school students from across Wyoming and beyond experienced a wide range of health care career options during the eighth annual University of Wyoming Health Care Careers Summer Camp.

Two groups of students arrived on the UW campus during a two-week period in mid-July. The camp allowed students to observe and actively participate in learning about a variety of health professions, including nursing, medicine, pharmacy, optometry, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology and ultrasonography. Students learned about the education requirements needed for many health professions and the numerous job opportunities available upon completion of their training.

College of Health Sciences faculty members, along with health care professionals from Ivinson Memorial Hospital and Snowy Range Vision Center in Laramie, gave presentations and provided students with hands-on learning opportunities. Students tried their hands at suturing, giving injections, taking vitals, making insect repellent in the pharmacy lab and casting. In addition, all students earned American Heart Association first aid and CPR certification.

Additional support for the Health Care Careers Summer Camp was provided by the Wyoming State Office of Rural Health, Donor Alliance and the Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho (WWAMI) Medical Education Program.

Students participating in the camp, listed by hometown, were:

Big Piney -- Haddy Smith and Jordan Szelkely.

Buffalo -- Bella Johnson.

Casper -- Abby Boatman, Julia Burrows, Julianna Harden and Seamus Malone.

Cheyenne -- Lainey Durako, Amy and Kacey Kappeler, Samantha Kniss, Brenna Lopez and Claire Melchior.

Cowley -- Quinn Lindsay.

Dayton -- Taylor Mudd and Macey Warren.

Dubois -- James Taylor.

Gillette -- Paul Baeza, Makayla Brown, Tanner Gladson, Flor Gonzalez, Kimberly Huddleston, Sebastian Mooney, Kaitlyn Redman and Jazlyn Schmidt.

teenage boy and man in a lab
Ian Cox, of Rock Springs, makes a medication stick for bug bites in Associate Lecturer Dave Bruch's UW School of Pharmacy lab. Cox was among high school students participating in the annual UW Health Care Careers Summer Camp. (UW Photo)

Glenrock -- Paige James.

Green River -- Mykenna Coursey.

Highlands Ranch, Colo. -- Morgan McMartin.

Jackson -- Caroline and Elizabeth Girling, and Mason Wheeler.

Kemmerer -- Jami Roberts.

Lander -- Micaiah Dolence, Noah Hampton and Lily Swanson.

Laramie -- Grace Abawe, Ethan Sell and Annie Walgren.

Lonetree -- Hannah Walters.

Lovell -- Mikel May.

Newcastle -- Aryana Kohlbrand.

Pinedale -- Janae Arne, Meleah Covill, Teegan Johnson and Eric Liu.

Powell -- Samuel Belmont.

Rawlins -- Breealllyn Castillo and Selena Landa.

Reliance -- Celeste Keelin.

Riverton -- Katie Fisher, Katelyn Heard, Mary Kleven and Bailey Petsche.

Rock River -- Taylor Broyles.

Rock Springs -- Saige Alldredge, Ian Cox, Ashlie Frolic, Jayda Gatley, Aislyn Pecolar and Olivia Uhrig.

Sheridan -- Emery Laird.

Thermopolis -- Michelle Burgess and Courtney Jeunehomme.

Torrington -- Cody Clayton and Rylie Hill.


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