Camp Hopes to Inspire Young Medical Professionals to Stay in Mon - KULR8.com | Montana's News Leader | Billings, MT

Camp Hopes to Inspire Young Medical Professionals to Stay in Montana

Posted: Updated:
BILLINGS, Mont. -

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.
 

  • LocalMore>>

  • Pot bellied pig owners push back

    Pot bellied pig owners push back

    Tuesday, September 26 2017 12:46 AM EDT2017-09-26 04:46:08 GMT

    Two weeks ago, the Billings city council voted 6 to 5 not to allow pot belly pigs as pets within city limits. Several pot belly pig owners are fighting back because they say the city's recent vote will mean they will have to give up their family pets. 

    Two weeks ago, the Billings city council voted 6 to 5 not to allow pot belly pigs as pets within city limits. Several pot belly pig owners are fighting back because they say the city's recent vote will mean they will have to give up their family pets. 

  • Safety tips on how to winterize your vehicle

    Safety tips on how to winterize your vehicle

    Monday, September 25 2017 8:42 PM EDT2017-09-26 00:42:14 GMT

    Montana is seeing colder temperatures, as well as fog and frost this morning. We spoke with a vehicle safety expert on what you should consider now that winter is just around the corner.

    Montana is seeing colder temperatures, as well as fog and frost this morning. We spoke with a vehicle safety expert on what you should consider now that winter is just around the corner.

  • Boy gets big surprise after his bike gets stolen

    Boy gets big surprise after his bike gets stolen

    Monday, September 25 2017 8:23 PM EDT2017-09-26 00:23:06 GMT

    A 12-year-old boy from Billings recently had his bike stolen after parking it at a local school in the city. What happened next is another story all on its own.

    A 12-year-old boy from Billings recently had his bike stolen after parking it at a local school in the city. What happened next is another story all on its own.