Mt. Sinai summer camp

September 4, 2009 5:36:47 PM PDT
Some New York City kids are getting a lesson in how to save a life--at camp. They're attending the first-ever science and medicine summer camp at Mount Sinai Hospital. The week long camp is free and life-saving techniques are the focus. The campers say it's a great opportunity to get some hands-on experience in a hospital setting.

"I'm really happy for being here 'cause not that many people get to have a chance like this," said camper Jubilee Harvey.

With the cooperation of doctors, the camp was created by medical students from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, specifically for middle school students.

"They learn about the respiratory system, they learn about the digestive system, they learn about the cardio vascular system and then they become basic life support certified outcue: at the end," said medical student Edward Chu.

The students are all from East Harlem, where the hospital is located, and there is a direct connection between some of their lives and the treatment of respiratory illnesses, because this neighborhood has the highest rate of asthma in the nation.

Betsaida Mercado has a sister with asthma.

"We had to bring her to the doctor, to the emergency room and they had to put the oxygen mask on her so she could breathe," said camper Betsaida Mercado.

"And for them to see asthma simulated on the mannequin and then treat it and see how we as doctors evaluate patients with asthma is something they can really relate to and they're really interested in doing it," said Dr. Bryan Mahoney.

"It's a good basis for beginning, in case some of these kids are interested in pursuing a medical career," said medical student Gaby Rothenberger.

At the end of the week, the middle schoolers also became certified in cpr. The Mount Sinai medical students hope to run the camp again next year.


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