AUSTIN — Austin-area high school and middle school students participated in the 2018 University of Texas Health Sciences Summer Camp on Wednesday.

The camp -- which was hosted by the Dell Medical School at UT -- allowed the students to learn basic clinical skills such as performing intubations, drawing blood and taking vital signs.

Other camp activities included:

  • Simulation labs to cultivate clinical skills and learn how medical professionals think.
  • Mentorship from pre-med and health professions students and community health practitioners.
  • Practice working with others in a team-based care model.
  • Experiments in neuroscience, chemistry and biology.
  • Hands-on demonstrations of diagnostic tools, medical technology and health devices.
  • STAR Flight emergency medical technicians demos on the helipad.
  • First aid and Stop the Bleed training.
  • CPR and AED certifications.

The students who were able to participate in this camp were selected by their school district through a nomination process.

There were three groups of 100 students who were able to participate and each group was able to punch in many learning hours since the camp was held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day for one whole week.

This summer camp has helped out approximately 700 students explore health careers since 2015.

“We want young people to understand that the possibilities for what they can become are limitless,” said Reginald Baptiste, director of pre-health professions at Dell Medical School.

“It’s our priority to help young residents envision their futures as doctors or nurses or technicians, and to build a pipeline to the health professions filled with hopeful, enthusiastic minds,” Baptiste said.

KVUE reporter Jay Wallis was able to capture a few of the future health leaders as they participated in learning activities at the camp.