Northeast Ohio Medical University and its affiliated Area Health Education Center (AHEC) program are excited to announce the restructuring of the program formerly known as MEDCAMP into a new two-day program called “MEDCAMP Health-a-Thon,” based on the popular hack-a-thon model. The program has changed, but the goal remains the same: to encourage high school and college-age students to consider careers in family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics and psychiatry—primary care areas in which Northeast Ohio continues to lack health care providers.
The idea comes from the popular hack-a-thon model in which creative minds come together, directing their collective ideas and energy during a short, focused period to solve a challenge. With support from various health care professionals, students at the MEDCAMP Health-a-Thon will immerse themselves for a set amount of time to develop real solutions to a health problem. At the end of the two-day event, student will present the project that they developed to a panel of judges. Winning projects will receive cash awards, making it possible for the creators to implement their solutions in their communities.
The MEDCAMP Health-a-Thon will be held on July 14-15, 2017 for students 18 years and older who will graduate from high school in spring 2017 and for students who are enrolled at a college or a university but have not yet graduated.