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MedStart Camp

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Nearly 30 Montana high school students are getting hands-on experience with healthcare professionals in the Magic City this week. The MedStart Camp targets rural, low income students interested in careers in the field of medicine, and brings them to Billings for a week of unique education.

The camp involves learning and job shadowing a variety of health careers. At RiverStone Health on Tuesday, students learned how sanitarians test pools, and food, for bacteria and temperature.

White Sulphur Springs senior Leah Clayton wants to be a nurse practitioner right now, but says she's learning there are a lot of options in the medical field.

"I look at all the other jobs that there is, and maybe I want to be a surgical technician, or focus on geriatrics, or peds -- anything," she said. "It's influential -- it shows all the fields in medical we can go to."

South Central Area Health Education Center (AHEC) funds the MedStart program. AHEC reports, of Montana's 56 counties, 53 are designated as medically underserved.

The students will have hands-on sessions at Billings Clinic and St. Vincent Healthcare throughout the week.