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Camp Hopes to Inspire Young Medical Professionals to Stay in Montana

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Over 20 high school students are getting some valuable hands-on experience this week.

The MedStart Program targets low income, college-bound students interested in the medical field, and many of the students are first generation college. The goal is to encourage local teens to pursue medical careers.

The week involves hands on learning and job shadowing in a variety of health careers.

On Monday the campers spent time at St. Vincent and City College, and on Tuesday they were at Riverstone learning about public health.
One of the goals of the camp is to inspire young people to work in Montana's rural communities.

"Students who are interested in going back to their communities. Take the math and science in high school and then work towards something in college and then go back to their communities because there is such a huge need for health care providers in rural communities especially," said Mary Helgeson, the center director of the Eastern Montana Area Health Education Center.

There are quite a few counties in Montana in severe need of medical professionals. In fact, some counties have no doctors at all.

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

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