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Discovery Camp CMU

What Is It?

An overnight, two-day experience for Missouri high school students, full of hands-on activities centered around exploration of careers in healthcare! See our article “What Is Discovery Camp?

When Is It?

July 29th & 30th

Where Is It?

Discovery Camp is held in Fayette, MO at Central Methodist University

Who Can Participate?

Students currently in highschool or just about to begin college. Up to 30 students will be selected to participate.

How Much Does It Cost?

There is a $100 Enrollment Fee with scholarships available.

How To Apply

Simply download, complete, and return the following forms with your Enrollment Fee:

Camp Application For Mail-In

Online Camp Application

Completed form and fee may be mailed to:
Deborah Lackland
411 Central Methodist University Square
Fayette, MO 65248

Registration Contacts

Jennifer Shepard
Associate Director of Admissions

Deborah Lackland
Administrative Assistant Division of Health Professions


What Is Discovery Camp?

A Professional Opportunity For Students To Explore Careers In Healthcare

Making the decision to pursue a career in healthcare is a difficult one. Especially if you are still in highschool. How do you know what you really want to be? Doctor? Nurse? Surgeon? What’s the difference?

If I already have an idea, what should I study first? Do I even need to go to college? Where exactly do I get started? Most importantly, what do these doctors and nurses actually DO all day?

That is where Discovery Camp comes in. Discovery Camp is a set of summer camps packed full of hands-on activities centered around exploring careers in healthcare.

Figuring Out What You DON’T Want To Be

When asked the question, “How do I know what I want to be?”, we always answer, “Figure out what you DON’T want to be.”

Choosing a career is a commitment. There will be years of study and school before you ever get to help someone in the field. How can you be sure you will enjoy the day-to-day experience? The short answer is: you can’t be sure.

The only way to be confident in your decision on a healthcare career is to take the initiative, get yourself out there, and engage directly with practicing professionals. Get your hands dirty and see what these professionals actually DO!

This Is Why You Attend Discovery Camp

Discovery Camp not only provides students the opportunity to participate directly in hands-on activities, it also gives students the chance to engage directly with the healthcare professional who performs the duty.

1) Professional Panels

Professional Panels are times when one or several healthcare professionals are available to the students for questioning. Often during lunch, these are free-form question and answer conversations.

2) Hands-On Activities

Discovery Camp is full of different activities each year. Some of those activities include things like:

Dummy Intubation – Insert a breathing tube into a dummy.
Phelps Air – See the emergency air medical services equipment and team.
Draw Blood – Practice drawing blood from a fake arm.
Suture Workshop – Practice giving stitches to fruit.

3) Job Shadowing Hours

Many different programs require job shadowing hours to be completed before you can enroll. Students at Discovery Camp can receive job shadowing hours. This is a great way to get pre-requisites out of the way!

4) Participate In “Stop The Bleed” Campaign

Discovery Camp students will receive training in “stop the bleed.” This is a nation wide awareness campaign designed to train bystanders to assist in a mass-casualty or emergency situation until trained professionals arrive.


Discovery Camp Rolla

What Is It?

A week long summer camp full of hands-on activities centered around exploration of careers in healthcare! See our article “What Is Discovery Camp?

When Is It?

July 22: 12:00pm – 4:00pm
July 23: 8:00am – 4:00pm
July 24: 8:00am – 4:00pm
July 25: 8:00am – 4:00pm
July 26: 8:00am – 4:00pm

Where Is It?

Discovery Camp is held in Rolla, MO at Phelps Health and the Delbert Day Cancer Institute.

Who Can Participate?

Students currently in highschool or just about to begin college.

How Much Does It Cost?

There is a $100 Enrollment Fee with scholarships available.
The cost is $60 for repeat campers.

How To Apply

Simply download, complete, and return the following forms with your Enrollment Fee:

Camp Application

Parental Consent Form

HIPAA Training

Job Shadow Application

Completed forms may be emailed, dropped off, or faxed to:
Fax: 573-364-8972
Mid-MO AHEC Office:
1110 West 11th Street
Rolla, MO 65401

Connecting Students To Careers In Healthcare

There are tremendous benefits, opportunities, and advantages for students interested in pursuing a career in healthcare who also want to live in a small town or rural area.

Helping connect students, healthcare professionals, and communitites is the primary way Mid-MO AHEC combats the shortage of primary care in rural Missouri.

Believe it or not, there are massive amounts of resources allocated to assisting students interested in living and working in rural areas. But why? We know there is a huge healthcare problem facing rural Missouri, but what does that have to do with students?

Defining The Problem

At first glance, one might assume the rural healthcare problem is a retention problem. That nurses, doctors, and dentists just don’t want to live in small towns, but that isn’t the case. According to a study published in the American Journal Of Public Health, the retention of healthcare providers in rural areas is the same as in non-rural areas.

Maybe it is the programs and training? Maybe rural health programs just aren’t as good, so everyone ends up in a hospital or clinic in the big city? Not even close! When studied, there was not a single program characteristic that had more success placing healthcare providers in rural areas.

The Simple Solution

So what is the solution? What gets a healthcare provider into a small town and keeps them there? The answer is suprisingly simple: they were born and raised in a rural area.

In a study published by the Journal of General Internal Medicine, the number one factor for getting a healthcare provider into a small community is to recruit directly from that community.

Help Your Community

If you or someone you know is from a small town and interested in a career in healthcare we have many opportunities available for them.

From high school students, to undergrads, to students currently enrolled in a health professions program, Mid-MO AHEC is their opportunity to get connected and advance their career.

Mid-MO AHEC offers training and programming at every educational level. If you get connected with Mid-MO AHEC, you will be connected to one of the largest healthcare education networks in the world!

Get Connected To Your Career In Healthcare

There are three easy ways you can accelerate your career in healthcare today!

1) Like our Facebook Page – We are constantly promoting opportunities for students across the spectrum. Get engaged directly with other students and practicing professionals!

2) Join Our Newsletter – Get a monthly update on what is happening in healthcare right here in rural Missouri.

3) Give us a call – Feel free to call our offices directly. One of our staff can help get you pointed in the right direction, and maybe get you into a program right away!


The Problem Facing Missouri’s Rural Healthcare

Healthcare problems in rural communities are numerous. Missouri is no exception. Not only are there a lot of problems, the implications are very serious! Mid-MO AHEC is here to help solve these problems from inside the community.

Problem #1: Easy Access To Primary Care

Every day, residents in Missouri’s rural communities face difficulty accessing quality preventive and primary care. Reasons for this difficulty include things like lack of insurance or transportation, low health literacy, language barriers, privacy concerns, and a general lack of trust in the healthcare system.

The largest factor in this lack of access is distribution of healthcare professionals across the state. There just aren’t enough doctors, nurses, and dentists practicing in rural areas.

Problem #2: Students In Healthcare Need More Support

The path to becoming a practicing healthcare professional is a long one. “Medicine” and “healthcare” are pretty large umbrellas. How does a student interested in medicine know where to start? What should they study first? Where should they apply? How can they know they really want to be a nurse, doctor, or dentist?

Once a student has started on a career path, the questions continue to pile on. What kind of clinical and experiential training do they need? Where can they get it? How do they get on clinical rotations? Where can they access academic didactics? Will they need an internship?

A massive part of Mid-MO AHEC’s day-to-day operations include assisting healthcare students, from high school through professions school, answer these questions.

Problem #3: “Practice Transformation” Is Slow

Healthcare is changing faster than ever before. In fact, healthcare is changing faster than most clinics’ ability to keep up. It is not just the treatments that are changing either.

Every aspect of healthcare is experiencing change. From the way providers interact with patients, to the way providers interact with other providers! How is a healthcare professional, who already works 50-60 hours a week, supposed to keep up with these changes? How can they ensure they are providing the best possible care?

The Mid-MO AHEC Solution

Being embedded within the community, Mid-MO AHEC is able to work on these problems at every level. The solution is a comprehensive student-to-provider pipeline.

Mid-MO AHEC helps high school and undergraduate students explore and begin to experience various aspects of careers in healthcare.
Mid-MO AHEC helps students already on a career path get clinical training, schedule rotations, and find programs to accelerate their careers.
Finally Mid-MO AHEC helps providers stay on top of changes in medicine by assisting with access to continuing education and other training programs.

If you want to help us solve these problems, join our mailing list. Together, we can make Missouri healthcare what it should be…the best healthcare available!

Current and Emerging Issues in Healthcare – Event Registration

What Is It?

This event is an all day event packed with powerful and informative presentations. It is a great opportunity for students in the healthcare professions to expand their understanding of current and emerging issues.

The most important issues for healthcare providers of the future are constantly changing. Stay informed on which issues you are certain to encounter, and how they will impact your career.

The event includes several presentations in person as well as several more presentations via the web. The day is broken up by a FREE LUNCH!

The Agenda:

  • 8:30-8:45 a.m. — Registration, light breakfast
  • 8:45-9:30 a.m. — Human Papilloma Virus Vaccination – “You Are the Key”:
    • By the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:
    • Define the importance of HPV vaccination for cancer prevention.
    • Describe effective HPV vaccine recommendations for patients age 11 or 12 years, as well as for 13 years and older.
    • List the recommendations for administering the HPV vaccine to girls and to boys.
    • Develop self-efficacy in delivering effective HPV vaccination recommendations.
  • 9:30-10:15 a.m. — Vaping and E-Cigarettes — Jamie Myers, M.Ed. LPC, NCC, MACSAPP — Executive Director, Prevention Consultants
  • 10:30 a.m.-Noon — The Psychosocial Aspects of Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) Treatment — Ned Presnall, MSW, LCSW –Consultant for Missouri Opioid STR Project — Executive Director, Clayton Behavioral — Adjunct professor, Washington University:
    • By the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:
    • Describe at least three facts about the state of the opioid crisis in Missouri.
    • Describe the role of the counselor and other psychosocial support staff in the treatment of OUD.
  • Noon-12:30 p.m. — FREE LUNCH!
  • 12:30-1:00 p.m. — Missouri Telehealth Network – Show-Me ECHO Project — Rachel Mutrux, Senior Program Director of Telehealth
    • By the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:
    • Describe the purpose of the Show-Me ECHO Project program.
    • Discuss how tele-behavioral health can be used in rural areas.
  • 1:00-2:30 p.m. — Medications for the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) and the Efficacy of Medical Treatment for OUD — Scott Breedlove, Assistant Director of the Missouri Credentialing Board
    • By the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:
    • Name the three medications used to treat OUD and how each of them are used with clients.
    • Describe the unique role that medications play in the treatment of OUD and their efficacy.
    • Describe the role of a peer support specialist on the treatment team for OUD.
  • 2:30-3:00 p.m. — Wrap-up and Evaluation — Help us continue these events by completing a very brief evaluation.

When is it?

Saturday, April 27th
8:30 a.m. — 3:00 p.m.

Where is it?

Delbert Day Cancer Institute
1060 West Tenth Street
Rolla, MO 65401

Who Can Participate?

Anyone who has an interest in these current and emerging issues.

Why Should I Attend?

A professional healthcare provider needs to be ahead of the game. This event is the perfect opportunity to expand your understanding of the most imporant healthcare issues facing the populations you will serve.

Attend this event to be a more effective healthcare provider in the future!
Meet other healthcare students and professionals to grow your network.

Limited Capacity – Register Today!

For more information contact:
Jan Shipley
Mid-Missouri Area Health Education Center

Local students speak out against popular e-cig.

Rolla High School students Emma Guffey and Autym Decker created a poster speaking out against the Juul e-cigarette. The Juul is a highly stylized product that has found favor with the teenage crowd.

These two young women are part of a Project Lead the Way class taught by Ms. Rachelle Thessen. While, both Emma & Autym, are exploring careers in healthcare, they are making a positive impact on our community today.

Zika Virus

Zika Virus is a growing concern throughout the state.   We set out to find some information on where it’s from, how it spreads and what you can do to prevent it.  Zika is spread by the Aedes Mosquito and originates from parts of  South America, Africa, and Asia. Find more information on Zika at

Here is a great PBS video made by the people at It’s Okay To Be Smart on the  subject:

Let us know what you do at home to stop the spread of the Zika Virus.