SCCC/ATS students Alisha Clark and Jose Moreno-Torres, front, served as ambassadors for high school students from Liberal and the area, who attended Allied Health camp in late May.

Just after area high schools dismissed classes for the summer, the Allied Health Division hosted a two-day camp for students entering grades 9-12. Participants explored health careers in conjunction with the college’s programs for Medical Assistant, Respiratory Therapy, Surgical Technology, Medical Laboratory Technician, Sports Medicine and Nursing. Instructors addressed educational requirements, skills and typical job duties. Students participated in interactive, hands-on activities that highlighted skills, equipment, technologies and resources of the individual programs.

“We had them perform a laparoscopic surgery on a bell pepper,” said surgical technology program coordinator Carmen Sumner. Students also learned that electrosurgical equipment used to provide hemostasis during surgery does not electrocute the patient.
“I applied the grounding pad to myself,” said Sumner, “and demonstrated the closed circuit by making an incision in a grapefruit and allowing my body to be part of the circuit.”
Participants from Perryton’s Top of Texas Accelerated Education program traveled to Liberal to take part in the camp, as did students from Liberal High School and Fellowship Baptist School of Liberal.

Travess Funk, surgical technology clinical instructor, guides camper Bumi Braimah and a group of students through a mock laparoscopic procedure using a bell pepper as stand-in for a person.

Front page photo information: Allied Health participants Leyva Monzeratte, Maria Rocha, Amparo Mandujano, Abelina Chavez, Carla Torres, Angelica Chavira and Victoria Aguirre, all of Perryton; Bumi Braimah, Cecilia Alonso, Lupe Montoya, Brianna Decamp and Vanessa Alvarado, all of Liberal; and, in front, SCCC/ATS students Alisha Clark and Jose Moreno-Torres.