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Students and instructors shared lessons in various health-care fields at SCRUBS Summer Camp yesterday.


Eric Matthews thought that if he was going to embark on a career in the medical field, he had one of two options — doctor or nurse.

The 16-year-old Rundle College Grade 11 student never dreamed that there are so many subsets of medical careers until this week.

Matthews is one of about 20 teens taking part in the SCRUBS summer camp at SAIT, where students get a glimpse of careers in health care while getting hands-on experience in a variety of areas including nursing, nutrition, ultrasound and X-ray, rehabilitation and physical therapy.

“I just assumed that a career in the medical field would be as a nurse, doctor or surgeon. Stuff like that — but this has opened my mind up to a lot of new fields such as physiotherapy and pharmaceuticals,” says Matthews.

And that’s the prescription SAIT instructors and Calgary Health Region officials said they were hoping the day camp would fill.

Allen Billy, SAIT’s dean of school of health and public safety, says the summer camps are designed to open young people’s minds to the variety of career options offered in the medical field.

“There are health-care professionals needed across the country, and we will accept students from across Canada,” said Billy.

More students?

  • SAIT is hoping to increase their student intake in several areas, including Medical Lab Sciences, Medical Radio Logic, and the paramedic program, according to one of its deans.