Camp Carilion is for rising eighth- and ninth-graders who are interested in a future career in health care. Started in 2006 by Carilion Clinic, the program began including the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine in 2011. Today, the four-day adventure also visits Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, Jefferson College of Health Sciences, and the Carilion Pharmacy at 3 Riverside Circle. At each of these locations, students have the opportunity for career exploration through hands-on exercises and interactive demonstrations.
Camp Carilion is designed to prepare the future health care workforce by introducing adolescents to a variety of health care careers, particularly careers with which they may not already be familiar. The goal is to ensure students who attend camp are more interested in health care careers at the end of the week. Promoting health care careers at the middle school level allows students to prepare by taking necessary high school classes and planning for college.
A typical Camp Carilion day at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine includes four hours of workshops and hands-on activities, an interactive session with the school's standardized patient program actors, and a moulage session where participants apply mock injuries to themselves using makeup and prosthetics.
For more information about Camp Carilion, call Karri Proctor, Carilion Clinic's student services advisor at 540-581-0303 or email her.