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Rural students spend summer learning about medical field

Rather than going to the pool or staying away from school, some students are using their summer break to learn.

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High school students get first hand experience in pharmacy Tuesday, June 21.
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FARGO — High school students from North Dakota and Minnesota are in the middle of the five-day Hope Camp with Sanford Health and North Dakota State University.

The camp is designed to introduce more than 20 students from rural areas to jobs in health care. They're taking part in workshops on everything from pathology to work in a pharmacy lab.

On Tuesday, June 21, the students went hands-on in the pharmacy lab with Dr. Jeanne Frenzel of NDSU.

"In pharmacy, which was the workshop I was leading this morning, they had the opportunity to learn about collaborative practice," Frenzel said. "How pharmacists are out doing strep throat testing and learning how to diagnose those type of things and then prescribing medications."

Hannah Maves is a senior from Lake Park Audobon High School. She said this is an experience that has given her perspective on the medical field.

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"Pharmacy, I really like it. But, I got to see so many other things. Even if I go to pharmacy school, I'll never get to experience (those other things) firsthand," Maves said.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics predicts a sharp increase in demand for help in many health care occupations in the coming years. The camp is one of the many ways Sanford and NDSU are trying to get younger students excited about health care.

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