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Nashville M*A*S*H students learn about the role of Emergency Medicine Technicians

Every summer since 1988, hundreds of high school students have donned surgical scrubs or lab coats at AHECs and community hospitals in Arkansas in order to learn more about health careers. With a special emphasis on rural and disadvantaged youth, the Medical Application of Science for Health Program, or M*A*S*H, has allowed teens to experience the real world of medicine, pharmacy, nursing, dentistry, and allied health in hopes that they will pursue a health career.

During this 2-week summer program, students become certified in Basic First Aid and CPR, and they learn the importance of healthy lifestyle habits. The connection between the basic sciences and medical diagnosis and treatment is reinforced through lectures, labs and clinical interaction. Exposure to different areas of medicine and the health related professions is an integral part of the M*A*S*H experience. Students learn to identify some of the various healthcare disciplines, what they do, how they relate to one another, and how the fundamentals of anatomy, biology, pharmacology and physiology are employed in each discipline.

For students from rural areas or disadvantaged backgrounds, M*A*S*H demonstrates that students can pursue challenging career opportunities in their own non-metropolitan communities. Many students may feel that highly technical equipment and corresponding technicians are only available in large, urban areas. By providing M*A*S*H programs in their own or similar communities, rural and disadvantaged students can observe the true availability of various types of medical equipment and treatment and the need for appropriately trained professionals.

This is a program for students entering their junior or senior year of high school. To participate in a M*A*S*H program, students must demonstrate above average scholastic ability as evidenced by their school transcripts. Additional selection criteria are based on the recommendations of a teacher or school counselor, the application prepared by the student, and the evaluation of a selection committee at each site.  NOTE: A student must have taken 2 semesters of Biology to be considered for a M*A*S*H program. 

For students enrolled in high schools in Pulaski County who are interested in the UAMS M*A*S*H Program, please visit the website of the UAMS Office of Volunteer Services.