Our Maine Street's Aroostook Issue 24 : Spring 2015 - Page 26

the past has been a disaster drill, which gave campers the Memorial University - DeBusk College of Osteopathic opportunity to respond to patients the same as they would Medicine in Harrogate, Tennessee. during a high stress, critical care situation. Healthcare careers offer numerous benefits to those that “The camp was absolutely amazing,” recalled Michelle choose them, including well-paying jobs, community Osgood of Easton, who attended the inaugural camp in respect, and job availability. By encouraging local youth 2003. “From the very first day, we were racing wheelchairs to enter into these careers, not only do they enjoy those through the hallways and touring the usually ‘off-limits’ benefits, but the region gains as well if they stay in the area. part of the hospital - the operating room, cardiovascular The time, energy and finances dedicated to offering the lab, etc.” And the week kept getting better, according to program as seen as an investment in both the region and in Osgood. By the end of the camp, Osgood remembers, “I TAMC’s future workforce. knew then that medicine was for me – I was hooked.” ‘Homegrown’ healthcare eliminates surprise about the local By discovering that before entering her freshman year in area, according to Dottie Wheeler, director of primary care/ high school, Osgood said she was better prepared to take patient centered medical home at TAMC. the classes she needed to get her on her way. “They already have a vested interest in the County and our “Survivor Aroostook is designed at the perfect time for community,” said Wheeler. “They understand the County students - as they enter high school, they can plan the way of life, the way the people think, and are under no courses they need to take in order to be successfully prepared false assumptions as to the way of life here in Northern for college and major in whatever desired occupation they Aroostook. They have family ties and [have] most likely may have in mind,” said Osgood. “I met with my guidance put down roots that will insure their longevity.” counselor and shared with her my experiences from Survivor; she set me up on a college preparatory course load, and I Since its inception, more than 600 County youth have was determined to take even the hardest of classes in order taken part in the camp, and an estimated 25 percent of those campers have gone on to pursue health careers. to be prepared for college.” Osgood graduated valedictorian from Easton High School in 2007 and received Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology and Chemistry from Husson University in 2011. Since many medical schools highly recommend working in the medical field to gain direct patient care experience prior to applying, Osgood worked at the TAMC emergency room as a CNA/Monitor Technician after graduation. Osgood is now working toward her medical degree at Lincoln 24 SPRING 2015 Survivor Aroostook XVIII will take place this June. The camp accepts 60 students each year on a first-come, firstserve basis. Thanks to the support of numerous generous sponsors, the cost to attend Survivor Aroostook is only $150, which covers lodging, meals, and all activities. Anyone interested in learning more about the camp can contact Lynn Turnbull at (207) 768-4300 or lturnbull@ tamc.org, or visit Facebook.com/SurvivorAroostook.