What You'll Learn at Scrubs Camp

Scrubs Camp: Ignite Your Path in Healthcare!

Here you will find all the essential information about Scrubs Camp sessions offered by the South Dakota Department of Health. Discover how these immersive experiences can help you explore healthcare careers, gain hands-on knowledge, and set the foundation for a rewarding future in the medical field. 

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Things you can learn!

See how casts are made. Learn how to set and cast a broken bone. Even grab a saw to experience what it’s like to take off a cast. If you dig this activity, you might be interested in being a Physician Assistant, Certified Nurse Practitioner or Orthopedic Surgeon!

Hey, this doesn’t sound like a healthcare job! But did you know the skills used to mix up a batch of lip balm are used by pharmacists every day? These skills are called “compounding,” and they’re pretty useful in many jobs. When you leave, you’ll have your very own lip balm to take with you. Like what you see? Maybe a career as a pharmacist or pharmacy technician is the way to go.

Have you tried to eat with your non-dominant hand? Or put on your shoes and socks with only one arm? This is what life is like for patients who have had a stroke or serious injury. If you like this activity, consider being a physical therapist or an occupational therapist!

You’ve probably seen surgery on TV. Now, here’s your chance to actually DO surgery. You’ll put on the cap, mask, gown and gloves and with scalpel in hand, you’ll perform surgery – on a pig’s foot! You’ll even sew up the incision. This one’s obvious, but if you like this activity, you might just be “cut” out to be a surgeon!

See what it’s like to be the first to arrive at the scene of an emergency. You’ll see how to assess the patient, communicate to the hospital, and provide necessary care all while your adrenaline is pumping! This activity gives you more than a sneak peek into the life of an EMT and paramedic.

Well, sort of. In this session, you’ll learn about different skin issues and even get a chance to remove a “mole” from the skin of a banana. Careers in dermatology can be exciting and this session will show you why!

Eating healthy may sound boring, but this session will show you about the importance of good food choices and how eating right can speed up recovery. To make it memorable, you’ll concoct a smoothie to show that eating healthy can actually be delicious. Sound like a tasty activity? Then maybe a job as a dietician is for you!

Behind every good doctor is some pretty cool high-tech equipment. This session lets you see some of the gadgets used every day to help patients heal. You’ll get to cauterize a steak and learn what’s involved with keeping these machines working. See, not all jobs in healthcare involve working with patients. This activity will show you another side of healthcare, biomedical engineering.

Engaging Workshops and Simulations: Prepare to roll up your sleeves and participate in hands-on workshops and simulations led by experienced healthcare professionals. From practicing clinical skills to learning about cutting-edge medical technologies, you'll gain valuable insights into various healthcare fields.

Exploration of Healthcare Specialties: Discover a wide range of healthcare specialties through interactive sessions. Engage in discussions with professionals from fields such as nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, emergency medicine, and more. Learn about their day-to-day responsibilities, the impact they make, and the rewarding career paths available to you.

Interactive Demonstrations: Witness captivating demonstrations that showcase the latest advancements in healthcare. From surgical procedures to emergency response simulations, these interactive experiences will broaden your understanding of the medical field and spark your curiosity.

Insightful Mentorship Sessions: Connect with healthcare mentors who will guide and inspire you on your journey. Engage in meaningful conversations, ask questions, and gain valuable advice about pursuing a career in healthcare. These mentors can become valuable contacts for future internships, shadowing opportunities, and academic guidance.

Teamwork and Collaboration: Collaborate with fellow students who share your passion for healthcare. Engage in group activities, problem-solving challenges, and team-based scenarios that will enhance your communication, critical thinking, and leadership skills – all essential attributes for a successful healthcare career.

Inspiring Guest Speakers: Be inspired by guest speakers who have made significant contributions to the healthcare field. Learn from their experiences, listen to their stories, and gain valuable insights into the various paths you can pursue in healthcare.

Empowering Networking Opportunities: Take advantage of networking breaks, where you can interact with fellow students, mentors, and professionals. Build connections, exchange ideas, and broaden your network within the healthcare community.

At Scrubs Camp, we aim to provide an immersive experience that ignites your passion for healthcare. Get ready to discover, learn, and be inspired as you take the first step towards a fulfilling career in the medical field. Join us and unlock your full potential at Scrubs Camp!