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Cumberlands PA Program Hosts Med Campers


PA Students from University of the Cumberlands assist with the BRMC Med Camp program in helping high school students discover the world of medicine.

Williamsburg, KY. - For the past three years University of the Cumberlands (UC) Physicians Assistant (PA) Program has teamed up with Baptist Regional Medical Center (BRMC) to help students that the hospital hosts during their annual Med Camp. Both institutions have a common goal of reaching out to the community to provide a helping hand which has created this special bond between both programs.

The Med Camp brings in high school students that are juniors and seniors that have an interest in joining the medical field. The camp provides campers the opportunity to see what occurs behind the scenes at the hospital by learning surgery procedures, observing surgeries as they take place, observing in the maternity department, working in radiology, etc. All students receive an added bonus as they also earn their certification in CPR.

“Baptist Regional Medical Center is proud to offer the program,” exclaimed BRMC Marketing Department/Communications employee Tiffany Sharp. “We feel it’s a good opportunity for the campers to see the medical field behind the scenes to help them make a decision about their future careers.”

The camp is focused around the hospital starting on Sunday and ending on Friday. In addition to rotations, participants have the opportunity to see how the EMS and helicopter operations work behind the scenes. On the last day camper’s parents are invited back to watch their child in a graduation ceremony.

“The camp is a way for us to partner with the community to bring students back to rural areas,” said BRMC Marketing Director Debbie Hardin.

During each Med Camp the campers travel to Williamsburg, KY to visit Cumberlands PA program. The PA program is always involved in community service projects and this provides a great way for the PA students to help out those that look up to them.

“We are happy to do this for the community and encourage young people to go into healthcare professions,” stated UC associate professor of the PA program Kathleen Flynn, PA-C.

UC PA students that took part in the program were: Nathan Bennett (Frakes/Williamsburg, KY), Suzanne Benninger (Louisville, KY), Danielle Jeffries (Knoxville, TN), Katie Leniham (Edgewood, KY), Stuart Mack (Williamsburg, KY), Cynthia Nwachukwu (Douglasville, GA), and Jason Smith (Woolum, KY).

While on campus the camper’s knowledge is tested by having to perform check-ups on the UC PA students while they attempt to diagnose what is wrong with them based on the symptoms. Campers are also given information on different parts of the body and have the opportunity to sit in on a class lecture. An overview of the UC Physicians Assistant program provides the background knowledge that the campers need to see if becoming a PA would be a good fit for them if they choose to enter the medical field.

The Master of Physician Assistant Studies program at University of the Cumberlands is offered under a cohort system with course work to be completed over twenty-four months. Of the 101 credit hours in the program, sixty-one hours are earned through didactics coursework in a traditional classroom and laboratory setting. All didactics coursework takes place on the university campus in the Forcht Medical Wing of the Correll Science Complex. The remaining forty hours are earned during the second year in the program through eight supervised clinical rotations in the field.

Located in Williamsburg, KY, University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; nine graduate degrees, including two doctorates, a specialist, and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.