Thirty-two junior and senior high school students from Sebastian, Crawford, Franklin and Pulaski counties are attending a Medical Applications of Science for Health (M*A*S*H) camp June 17-28 at St. Edwards Mercy Medical Center in Fort Smith. This is one of the largest of the 28 groups attending M*A*S*H camps around the state this summer.

The two-week summer medical enrichment experience is designed to give interested students a glimpse of what a health profession is really like. Students participate in a variety of medical-related activities including observing surgery; learning more about anatomy through dissection of animal organs; learning about reading x-rays; shadowing a doctor making rounds; an automobile crash simulation and many others. The program hopes to encourage rural youth interested in medical fields to continue their education and then return to rural areas to work.

Students were sponsored by the Arkansas MENTOR Medical Partnership and their county Farm Bureaus. The Partnership includes the University of Arkansas for Medical Science’s Area Health Education Centers and Rural Hospital Program, Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Arkansas Farm Bureau, Baptist Health and the Arkansas Health Department’s Office of Oral Health. Arkansas Farm Bureau is a nonprofit, private farm and rural advocacy organization of more than 200,000 families throughout the state working to improve farm and rural life.