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Published June 07, 2011, 06:15 PM

Students Get Hands-on Medical Experience at Summer Camp

Rural health care isn't always easy to come by, but Altru Health System in Grand Forks is working to encourage high school students to stay closer to home after they graduate.

Rural health care isn't always easy to come by, but Altru Health System in Grand Forks is working to encourage high school students to stay closer to home after they graduate.

The association of American Medical Colleges predicts a national shortage of 124,000 physicians by 2025.

That's a statistic that is immediately affecting rural communities.

"Mission Physician" works to attract rural North Dakota youth into careers in health, mainly family medicine through a series of day camps giving them hands-on exposure to different areas of medicine.

Students job shadow different doctors hoping to find an area they're most interested in.

"Those are kids that are working hard that don't have access to things elsewhere so it's a sense of trying to stimulate them," explained Dr. William Mann, a program organizer.

77 percent of Mission Physician participants have gone on to select a health care field of post graduate study.

A student from the program's first year was recently accepted into UND's Medical School.

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